Zachary Marco Murder: Mother of Suspect Says Son Didn't Do it -- Calls Tempe Police "Dogs"

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The mother of one of the two suspects accused of murdering 21-year-old Arizona State University student Zachary Marco says her son may have a checkered past, but he's no killer.

KPHO spoke with Theresa Whiting yesterday, the mother of 17-year-old Marion Patterson. Not only does she say her son is innocent, she's angry about the way he was arrested by Tempe cops -- she says they ransacked her house when she wasn't home.


"I was devastated. I'm heartbroken. The Tempe police are dogs," Whiting tells KPHO. "I'm going to fight it to the finish until the day I die, you understand me? Because I know for a fact that my boy didn't do that."

Whiting says she's angry about the way the SWAT team arrested the other suspect in the murder, Louis Harper -- who is also her grandson -- without a warrant.

She says Patterson is bipolar and has a criminal history that includes ties to a home invasion. But, she says, he's also an honor student who wouldn't kill anyone.

"My boy's innocent!," Whiting said. "He didn't do nothing like that. My heart was broken, and it's still broken, but they need to find who the real killers are. My boy would never shoot nobody."

Tempe police disagree -- they say they're certain they've got the right men. The suspects' fingerprints were found on some of the property stolen from Marco during the murder, and a third suspect, whose arrest was not announced at the TPD's press conference yesterday, says he drove Patterson and Harper to the murder scene and watched as Harper shot Marco.

Check out the entire KPHO interview with Whiting here.
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11 comments
maxonepercent
maxonepercent

She should be imprisoned with her scumbag kid.  She raised the monster, tried to defend him even when it was totally obvious he committed the crime,  that makes her partially responsible IMO.

robert_graham
robert_graham topcommenter

Stupid bitch!  Her son is guilty as sin and now will be punished and so will she.

Sean
Sean

Typical black mother. Bitching about the racist cops until it happens to her kid. Then it's a different story. I hope she dies too

jojo
jojo

Do you hear that? That's the sound of my violin, playing! Loser mom, raises loser sons - and an innocent young man, who was making something of his life, and had lots to contribute, loses his life because of these animals. I hope they fry!!!

Pissed Off
Pissed Off

Who even gives this woman the f'ing light of day...her son ended up in a gang. Then went on a spree that ended up in a murder of an innocent kid. There is so much evidence against her son...f off lady.

guerrch
guerrch

blah blah blah, i've never not heard a mother proclaim her child's innocence. can't mom just come out and say her son is a gangbanger? love her blaming the cops. how about they knock politely on the door so that they can arrest a murderer?

Rebecca-staten
Rebecca-staten

Newsflash: Everybody is going to die, including you :)

sean
sean

Yes you are correct. But what is this mother going to think when she finds out her son's fingerprints were on the computer bag? Let me guess, he was framed by the cops, right? Wrong. This woman should be jailed for being a bad parent.

sean
sean

Yes, precisely. I was referring to the fact that this woman should be jailed her scumbag kid. Like mother, like son.

Tiger Lily
Tiger Lily

Blaming the police because her son was arrested for murder/robbery makes about as much sense as blaming the God for giving her a son. And Harper.. the other suspect, was her grandson? Both in gangs.... Sure sure.. we understand.. Your son and grandson now have you to thank for their twisted lives. She obviously must have been covering for them their entire life until this very day.

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