Jury Deadlocked In First Hill Murder Case (Updated)


King County jurors deliberating a first-degree murder case involving a man accused of shooting his stepfather told a judge Friday they were unable to come to a unanimous decision.

The announcement from the jury came after less than a day of deliberations.

But Superior Court Judge Richard Eadie ordered jurors to keep going; their deliberations will resume on Monday, said defense attorney Tim Leary.

Zachary Collins, 21, is charged with first-degree murder in connection with the slaying of Glennis Parker in February. Parker was found dead in the driver’s seat of his GMC truck in a parking lot in the First Hill neighborhood.

Update: The PI.com says the jury has found Collins not guilty:

After just more than a day of deliberation, a King County Superior Court jury hearing the case against Zachary Collins returned a not-guilty verdict Monday morning.

King County prosecutors had alleged Collins shot his stepfather, Glennis Parker, because he believed Parker had been molesting the stepson’s mentally disabled brother. According to pretrial statements to the court, that contention was abandoned by prosecutors and Collins’ defense as the case went to the jury.