Five people arrested in home invasion homicide
By Zack Stoycoff
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
1/17/2012, 3:33:02 p.m.
Five people were arrested early Tuesday after the shooting death of a man at his girlfriend's house, Tulsa police reported.
The victim, identified by police Tuesday as William Zachary, 66, was shot during an attempted home invasion robbery in the 13300 block of East 36th Street about 8:15 p.m. Monday.
Several people were spotted in the garage of a house near 3100 S. 130th East Place as officers, a police helicopter and a police dog were searching the area, Sgt. Dave Walker said.
Investigators believe that house belongs to an acquaintance of the group, he said.
Montre Brown, 18, Uriah Afred Mitchell, 19, Marquis Lashon Powell, 18, Darelle Johnson, 27, and DeAndre Wright, 16, were booked into the Tulsa Jail without bail on complaints of first-degree murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon, records show.
Zachary was shot in the face after a group of men wearing ski masks and hooded sweatshirts broke into the house, police reported.
Investigators believe the men were searching the neighborhood for something to steal when they spotted a gun safe inside the house, Walker said.
Sandra Lee, Zachary's girlfriend, said she and Zachary had been home for hours and were preparing to mail Christmas photos to family members when their back door was kicked in.
Lee said she saw two men -- one with a gun and one with a baseball bat -- but said it was dark and more robbers may have been in another room or outside.
Zachary handed them his wallet, but they demanded more and then shot him, Lee said.
Watch the video of William Zachary receiving an award for community service in his former hometown of Beloit, Kan., where he ran a hardware store.
The robbers fled on foot.
It was Tulsa's second slaying of 2012.
"It's random as the man and the suspects do not have a relationship. They don't know each other," Walker said.
Authorities recovered the weapon used in the slaying early Tuesday, he said. They did not expect to arrest anyone else in the slaying.
Members of the Northern Oklahoma Violent Crimes Task Force assisted in the investigation. Anyone with additional information in the slaying is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 918-581-COPS or the Homicide Tip Line at 918-798-8477, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sandra Lee holds a photo of herself and her boyfriend William "Bill" Zachary who was killed in a home invasion homicide Tuesday. MIKE SIMONS/Tulsa World
The home where William "Bill" Zachary was killed in a home invasion homicide Tuesday. MIKE SIMONS/Tulsa World
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