It’s been a long time coming, but police say they have finally built enough evidence to file charges in the murder of Beau Zabel, the Minnesota 23-year-old who was killed for his iPod in 2008 only six weeks after moving to Philly to be a teacher.
The Inquirer reports that Marcellus Anthony Jones, who is already serving a life sentence for the murder of the getaway driver in Zabel’s killing, will be charged.
“An arrest is imminent,” Capt. James Clark, commander of the Police Homicide Unit, said Thursday night.
This homicide of an idealistic young newcomer in a safe neighborhood shocked the city during a period in which the murder rate painted the city as Killadelphia to the rest of the country. Thankfully, that has come down. By yesterday’s date in 2008, there had been 297 homicides. So far this year, the tally is 215, according to police statistics. That’s still too high but a marked improvement. Even since last year, there has been improvement. Shootings in South Philly are down 43 percent this year from last year.
Anyway, reporter Mike Newall has been on this story from the beginning, and this summer he completed a fantastic series on how police cracked the case. It’s very long, but if you have some time this weekend, it’s worth a read. Because Philly.com sucks, there’s apparently no single place where you can get all five stories, so here they are in order.