Zachary David Hughes Claims Innocence in Christina Parcell Murder – What We Know!

Zachary David Hughes

Zachary David Hughes

A 29-year-old man initially from California with a prestigious background as a live performance pianist has been denied bond forward of trial within the alleged Oct. 13, 2021 stabbing homicide of 41-year-old Christina Larain Parcell, a veterinary hospital employee in South Carolina prosecutors say was in a toddler custody battle with a pal of the defendant earlier than her dying.

Zachary David Hughes appeared just about in Greenville County courtroom on Wednesday as his protection legal professionals tried to make the case that authorities arrested the unsuitable individual.

Along with claiming Hughes’s innocence, the protection argued that the defendant is neither a flight danger nor a hazard to the group. Choose Edward Miller was finally not persuaded, because the proof towards the defendant at this stage of the proceedings—plus the character of the alleged offense—loomed giant, FOX Carolina reported.

The defendant, described as a Juilliard-trained pianist with six months of navy coaching, was allegedly caught by a doorbell digital camera getting into the sufferer’s house on the day of the homicide. Moreover, prosecutors say that Hughes’s DNA was based beneath the fingernails of the sufferer.

The protection, nonetheless, argued that to date the state has failed to provide knowledgeable reviews concerning the DNA proof, did not determine any motive that Hughes may need needed to kill Parcell, and failed to determine a transparent hyperlink between the suspect, the sufferer, and the sufferer’s then-fiancé, Bradly Publish, who was arrested on Oct. 19, 2021 and charged with 5 counts of first-degree sexual exploitation of a minor. Investigators claimed they’d proof Publish had produced little one sexual abuse materials on at the least 5 separate events. Lt. Ryan Flood of the Greenville Sheriff’s Workplace stated Publish’s arrest, which occurred lower than per week after Parcell’s homicide, was the results of an investigation unrelated to the killing.

Hughes’s authorized group accused prosecutors and responding legislation enforcement, nonetheless, of ignoring Publish’s “nervous” conduct on the day he known as 911.

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Zachary Hughes seems in court docket for bond listening to on April 6, 2022.

“The deputy who responded walked outdoors the residence and reestablished contact with Publish for the aim of continuous the investigation. Through the deputy’s interview, ‘Publish turned. nervous and requested if he wanted to talk together with his lawyer,”” the protection movement from Tuesday stated. “Regardless of the very fact the deputy was simply ‘asking fundamental questions concerning the incident on the time, Publish requested for his lawyer.’”

The protection stated Publish even speculated that somebody apart from Hughes had killed Parcell earlier than the sufferer’s fiancé donned gloves on the crime scene.

“For the remainder of the day, legislation enforcement personnel collected proof from the scene and talked with neighbors to attempt to decide if anyone noticed something,” the protection movement continued. “Police requested Publish to accompany them whereas they searched the residence. Unusually, Publish wore gloves in the course of the course of.”

Prosecutors reportedly countered the protection in court docket by saying that there’s truly a hyperlink between Parcell and Hughes via John Mello, a person described as each a pal of Hughes and the daddy of Parcell’s little one—with whom the sufferer was in a custody battle.

Choose Miller denied the homicide defendant bond, however FOX Carolina reported that the jurist did allow the protection to revisit the movement for bond ought to their DNA consultants “produce related proof and cellphone information,” because the story put it.

Nonetheless, Hughes had plenty of supporters within the courtroom on Wednesday, together with his mom Mindy Hughes.

“There is no such thing as a manner I may even think about Zack doing one thing like this,” she stated.

Marshall Winn, a pal of the defendant, added: “No person noticed any indication of any type of untoward conduct on the a part of Zack Hughes. None.”

On his skilled web site, Hughes, a graduate of The Juilliard Faculty in New York Metropolis, stated he was homeschooled as a toddler and liked J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings books.

“Free time not spent working towards piano was employed crafting picket reproduction swords from the LOTR books and flicks and taking them into the Appalachian woods to do battle with the forces of darkness,” the location states. “In 2019 he felt the itch to see a distinct aspect of life, and after six months of rigorous bodily coaching was chosen from a aggressive pool of candidates to attend Marine Corps Officer Candidates Faculty in Quantico, VA. Regardless of incomes high marks at OCS, he was dropped from coaching attributable to extreme stress fractures sustained in each legs.”

Greenville County Sheriff Hobart Lewis stated final 12 months that Parcell was “murdered in a really violent manner.”

“It was a really brutal crime scene, for certain,” he added.

Those that knew Parcell stated she was the mom of a younger daughter, and a pal with a humorousness who had a love for animals.

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Christina Parcell, Picture through Fb screengrab

The Greenville Sheriff’s Workplace dispatched deputies to Parcell’s house positioned at 122 Cane Brake Drive in Greer at roughly 11 a.m. on Oct. 13. Lewis stated that “an individual acquainted with” Parcell discovered her deceased in her condo. That individual was Bradly Publish. Investigators rushed to the scene the place they found Parcell had been “brutally stabbed a number of occasions.”

An post-mortem performed by the Greenville County Coroner’s Workplace decided that Parcell’s dying was a murder brought on by “a number of sharp drive accidents.”

After a warrant was issued for his arrest in early November 2021, Hughes turned himself in. The protection argued that Hughes’ determination to show himself in when he may have simply as simply walked to Canada or flown to Europe helps his innocence.

“Put merely, all the pieces Zack has accomplished since police obtained warrants for his arrest have been the actions of an harmless man,” the protection movement stated. “On the time police obtained arrest warrants for Zack, he had been employed to carry out for a global cruise line. Zack was knowledgeable that warrants had been pending whereas he was in Detroit, Michigan ready to board a flight for Eurpose the subsequent day, a deliberate journey to organize for his new job. From his location, he may actually see the American/Canadian border. He actually may have walked into Canada, or he may have boarded his aircraft the subsequent day and left for Europe.”

“However, Zack didn’t go away,” the legal professionals stated.

Greenville County Detention Heart information present that Hughes stays held with out bond on costs of homicide and possession of a weapon throughout a criminal offense of violence. Hughes has remained behind bars since Nov. 3, 2021, the day he turned himself in.

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[Images via Greenville County Sheriff, FOX Carolina screengrab]

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