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Man indicted on reckless manslaughter charge in fatal brawl

March 1, 2021 GMT

VINELAND, N.J. (AP) — A man accused of stabbing his neighbor during a brawl last year was indicted on a reckless manslaughter charge.

Zachary Latham, 18, formerly of Vineland, 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.

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Latham moved to Florida last year after a judge said he could remain free pending trial, but he was arrested there 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 remains jailed in Florida while he awaits extradition back to New Jersey.

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