Philadelphia Man Indicted in Zabel Murder, Death Penalty Possible

Updated: 03/25/2014 9:05 PM
Created: 03/25/2014 9:37 AM

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- A Grand Jury has handed down charges in the murder of Austin native Beau Zabel.

23-year-old Zabel moved out to Philadelphia to become a math teacher. It was only six weeks later he was shot in the back of the head and killed in 2008.

ABC 6 News spoke with the Zabel family last year.

"It'll be nice knowing that if he gets convicted that there is some justice out there,” said Terry Zabel, Beau’s Stepfather said in November.

Terry's talking about Marcellus Jones, who is now charged with murder, conspiracy, robbery and more. Terry says Jones is already serving a life sentence for killing the suspected getaway driver in Beau's murder. Terry and Beau’s mom attended that trial and left convinced that Jones also killed his son.

"When we got the news that they had somebody in custody and they thought that that was the person my first thought was is he going to stay there,” said Beau’s Sister, Brook True.

For her a break in the murder case brings closure.

"I’m just glad that something has come up that they're able to issue the arrest warrant that we can maybe get that final peace,” said Brook.

But for Terry, that question doesn't come so easy.

"That's hard to describe what closure is, I mean we miss him all the time and think about him all the time, and even with Marcellus in jail it's not going to bring Beau back,” said Terry.

ABC 6 News spoke with the Philadelphia District Attorney's office, and they say it is possible the death penalty could be sought in this case.  The DA says it has several months to file a petition notifying the defendant that the state may seek the death penalty.  However, a decision has not been made at this point if that will be the case.

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