Teen Found Guilty Of Murdering College Baseball Player In West Charlotte
A jury has found 17-year-old Jahzion Wilson guilty of the murder of Zachary Finch. Wilson was tried as an adult even though he was 15-years-old when the shooting took place.
Family members say Finch went to West Charlotte in June 2017 to buy a phone he found on the app “letgo.” He ended up dead at the Arbor Glen Apartments off Clanton Road.
His dad told WCCB Charlotte that someone tried to rob Finch, then shot him as he ran away. Wilson was one of three people charged in Finch’s murder. The other two suspects included a teenager who was 15-years-old at the time of the shooting and 17-year-old Demonte McCain.
Wilson was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after being found guilty of First-Degree Murder and Attempted Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon.
Charges against McCain, now 19, remain pending.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
Update from January 8, 2018:
Officials say 15-year-old Jahzion Wilson will be tried as an adult for the murder of Zachary Finch last summer.
Wilson’s case was transferred from juvenile court to the Mecklenburg County Superior Court Monday after a judge found probable cause to charge Wilson with 1st degree Murder, which is a Class A felony. The move was in accordance with state law, according to officials.
Wilson is also charged with Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon. He is currently being held at a juvenile detention facility.
Wilson was one of three people charged in Finch’s murder. The other two suspects include another 15-year-old juvenile, and 17-year-old Demonte McCain. McCain will also be tried in Superior Court, and is scheduled for a bond hearing Thursday.
Update from July 21, 2017:
Police say they have charged two 15-year-old juveniles males with the murder of Zachary Finch.
According to CMPD, one teen was arrested Friday and the second turned himself in to CMPD headquarters. Both have been taken to the juvenile detention center. Their names are not being released due to age.
Original Story from June 19, 2017:
MINT HILL, NC – A Mint Hill family is grieving the loss of 21-year-old Zachary Finch.
The college senior is the victim in Charlotte’s 43rd homicide this year.
Family members say Finch went to West Charlotte Sunday afternoon to buy a phone he found on the app “letgo.”
He ended up dead at the Arbor Glen Apartments off Clanton Road.
His dad tells WCCB Charlotte it appears someone tried to rob Finch, then shot him as he ran away.
“My heart, it just, it just sank,” explains Finch’s friend and classmate Savanna McKiney.
She attended college with him at University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Kentucky.
“He just did whatever he could to make anybody smile or anybody laugh,” McKiney says.
Finch was also on the baseball team.
His family tells WCCB Charlotte he made straight A’s last semester and had just come home for the summer.
He was planning to graduate in December.
“He had so much ahead of him. And he was fantastic. He was such a great guy,” McKiney says.
Administrators from his school released a statement saying.. “His smile was infectious and always brightened up a room… he was a joy to be around. He will be deeply missed by our campus community.”
Now friends just say they’re hoping whoever murdered him is caught.
“It was just a tragedy, honestly, and there has to be some kind of justice that has to be done because he didn’t deserve that,” McKiney says.
Friends have set up at GoFundMe page to support the Finch family. Click here for more.