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Hearing may decide if charge against Danville police chief will be dropped
A hearing on a motion to dismiss the case is scheduled for 8:15 a.m. in Salem Circuit Court.
Parsons' lawyer, Alan Cronheim of Sisti Law Offices, wants a judge to dismiss the case because he maintains the law that was used to bring the charge refers only to a child younger than 16 accessing a firearm and using it in a "reckless" or "negligent" manner.
The gun was used "purposefully" in a suicide, he says, and its use was neither reckless nor negligent.
Assistant Rockingham County Attorney Terri Harrington has objected to the motion, arguing that the teenager's state of mind when he grabbed the loaded firearm from the closet doesn't matter. What matters, she wrote in her objection, is that a teenager under the age of 16 accessed an "improperly secured firearm."
Parsons remains on the job and is seeking reelection in March to the position he's held since 1995.
Furman said he's running because he feels the police department has "management issues."
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