Commonwealth Attorney may charge Marshall Co. school shooter’s stepfather
BENTON, Ky. (Washington Post) — According to a Washington Post report, Commonwealth Attorney Mark Blankenship may pursue charges against Justin Minyard, the stepfather of Gabe Parker, accused Marshall County school shooter.
According to Blankenship, the shooting was “easily preventable” and Minyard should have seen the signs that his stepson was troubled.
In a meeting with investigators one week after the mass shooting, Blankenship reportedly told them, “I’m seriously considering going after the stepfather.”
According to Blankenship, his options to prosecute are limited in the state of Kentucky.
The Post reports that another attorney suggested pursuing a wanton endangerment charge against Minyard, on the basis that he showed “gross negligence” by leaving firearms unsecured in his home.
Regarding whether or not Minyard showed “gross negligence,” Blankenship said, ““I think if I got a son at home, and he’s got problems, and all he has to do is open the door and reach up there and grab a semiautomatic weapon, that’s showing a gross indifference in today’s world.”
According to the Post report, Blankenship is not sure whether or not he will actually be able to hold Minyard legally accountable.
Blankenship, however, does say that gun safety is the root of the issue.
“You’ve got kids in the house — you’ve got to lock up your guns,” he said. “I don’t see why that’s so unreasonable.”