A Gwinnett County murder suspect allegedly confessed to the crime by texting his girlfriend and saying no one would care about the victim because he was “illegal,” authorities said in court Friday.
Zarius Williams, 21, is accused of sending that text after hitting 32-year-old Marcos Guerra with a baseball bat, killing him, Channel 2 Action News reported. His 22-year-old brother Russell and Russell’s 20-year-old girlfriend Glenda Carter are allegedly his accomplices.
“He sent (his girlfriend) a picture of the bat and said they had just done a job, and they hit the guy and crushed his skull and broke his knees,” Lawrenceville Det. David Smith said in court. “He thinks he may have killed him, but he didn’t care because he was illegal, and no one was going to care anyway.”
Guerra had come from Mexico three weeks before his death, Channel 2 reported.
Each faces one count of felony murder and two counts of armed robbery and aggravated assault in connection with Guerra’s homicide last Friday and another incident in which Simon Fuentes, 48, was beaten with a baseball bat and severely injured two days later, AJC.com previously reported. They all allegedly confessed to that incident as well.
“(Carter) stated that they were assaulting him, and she wanted them to stop,” Smith said. “Eventually they drug him down the stairs and left.”
The trio are accused of luring the men to an apartment on Leland Place Lane by using the social media app “MeetMe,” promising Carter would have sex for money, police said.
“Ms. Carter and Mr. Williams both stated it was for financial reasons,” Smith said. “They needed money.”
All three remain in the Gwinnett County Jail without bond, according to jail records.
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