Naples man indicted in NJ brawl that left neighbor dead

Author: The Associated Press Writer: Derrick Shaw
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Zachary Latham (Credit: CCSO booking photo)

A former New Jersey man accused of stabbing his neighbor during a brawl last year, allegedly for TikTok fame, was indicted on a reckless manslaughter charge.

Zachary Latham, 18, who now lives in Naples, also faces two counts of aggravated assault and weapons offenses in the indictment handed up Friday by a Cumberland County grand jury.

The counts stem from the May 4 killing of William Durham Sr., 51, a longtime state corrections officer. Authorities have said the brawl that broke out at Latham’s home culminated a long-running feud he had with the Durham family.

Latham was armed with a stun gun and knives and stabbed the unarmed Durham multiple times, authorities said. Latham has said he acted in self-defense.

Latham moved to Naples last year after a judge said he could remain free pending trial, but he was arrested in Fort Myers in January after he allegedly threatened a motorist with a pellet gun that resembles an AK-47 assault rifle. His pre-trial release in New Jersey was soon revoked and he was jailed Feb. 4 in Collier County and awaits extradition back to New Jersey. He was to appear before a Collier County judge on Monday but the hearing was continued to June 1.

Authorities have said the dispute in New Jersey began when Latham allegedly taunted and mocked the Durhams on social media after they confronted him for reportedly speeding on roads in the neighborhood. He posted videos on TikTok of his run-ins with the Durhams and those encounters soon turned physical.

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