Zachary Marco Murder: Two Suspects Held on $1 Million Bail. Cops Fear for Third Suspect's Safety

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Louis Harper, the alleged trigger man in the Zachary Marco murder.
Unless the two men police believe murdered 21-year-old Arizona State University student Zachary Marco can come up with a million bucks apiece they're not goin' anywhere for a while.

Bail was set at $1 million each for Louis Eugene Harper and 17-year-old Marion Patterson III yesterday, and the Tempe Police Department confirms to New Times that Patterson will be tried as an adult.

A third suspect was arrested in connection with the murder, however, police are a bit more tight-lipped on his current situation.


That suspect wasn't mentioned at all at the highly publicized press conference the TPD held on Tuesday. However, in court documents obtained by New Times, he is said to have driven Harper and Patterson to the scene of the murder and watched Harper pull the trigger with Patterson at his side.

Tempe police tell New Times they aren't releasing information on that suspect as they are "concerned for the safety of that individual."

Harper and Patterson are both suspected gang members, so, despite the TPD's silence on the third suspect, we have a pretty good idea why they're concerned for his safety.

The Tempe Police Department has come under fire recently for several unsolved murders in the city this year -- including Marco's. But Marco's father, Dan Marco, applauds how the department handled his son's case.

Cops didn't have a whole lot to go on -- witnesses were limited and there wasn't much physical evidence left at the scene.

But then someone found a computer bag Marco was carrying at the time of the murder, and the suspects' fingerprints were found on some of the contents of the bag.

Police linked the prints from the bag to prints taken from the suspects following prior arrests. They served search warrants and found that Harper and Patterson had text messaged each other about committing armed robbery around the time of Marco's murder.

Now, thanks to the third suspect, it seems police have an eye witness, too.

Prior to the arrests, Dan Marco offered suspect who didn't pull the trigger a deal. A defense attorney, he publicly said he would make sure the non-trigger-man would get the best defense possible if he turned in the shooter. That deal is now "off the table" and both suspects have been assigned public defenders.
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GR8GLFR
GR8GLFR

I hope the shooter gets the death penalty & and the other gets life in prison. Send these gang members a message.

Eleanor
Eleanor

Cobbs and Another PO'd Citizen...I have heard from people back east, people in Tempe, and even the Mayor Hughie "The Bully" Hallman have spoken about what you are saying. How people come to Tempe to commit crimes from other places. Well those two and possibly three young men are from Tempe. So this shows that not only do we have an influx of criminals from surrounding cities and states we also have these evil doers in our own backyard. Either way the Tempe Police need to ensure that our city is safe.

I normally don't have much to say positive about Phoenix Police Chief, Jack Harris but yesterday when he spoke he took responsibility for what goes on in the Phoenix PD. That is something that Tom Ryff will never do.

Eat Cobb
Eat Cobb

Eleanor, the only "paper trail" u have iz the shit stained toilet paper hanging from the back of you Nana underwear when you leave the "mens" room!

Eleanor
Eleanor

Hey Eat Cobb, are you the same chickenshit that doesn't have the balls to come up to me in public and say something so ignorant?

I have a paper trail that follows you. Just so you know you, have no clue who you are dealing with.

Jamesgrizzardjr
Jamesgrizzardjr

what a racist comment Tempe is also overrun by white sexual offenders as well what can you say about that!!

Eat Cobb
Eat Cobb

Hey Eleanor, R U the same Eleanor, that shows up to all the City Council meetings and makes a complete ass of yourself? U know, that lady with the Mongoloid features and the uni-brow?

Another PO'd Citizen
Another PO'd Citizen

Cobbs: That is completely true. A lot of South Phoenix gangbangers travel to Tempe to commit crimes because they know they can get away with it. (Parking in the wrong spot in Tempe is a different story).

Cobbs
Cobbs

Tempe is overrun by black gang members who leave Phoenix to get away from the Phoenix police but who aren't the least bit worried about the politically correct police in Tempe.

Eleanor
Eleanor

Thanks to the Tempe Police detectives for working on this case and for making these arrests. Thanks to Mr. Marco for his dedication and persistance in keeping this story in the media. This takes three known criminals off the streets. Let's hope they keep them off the streets.

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