05/06/2020 Press Release: State v. Zachary T. Latham, et al. / Homicide: City of Vineland; DOI: 5/4/2020; Decedent: William T. Durham, Sr.

Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae announces that a criminal complaint was authorized charging Zachary T. Latham, 18, of Thornhill Road in Vineland, with first degree Aggravated Manslaughter, second degree Aggravated Assault, and related weapon offenses in connection with the homicide of William T. Durham, Sr., 51, also of Thornhill Road.

At approximately 7:48 PM on May 4, 2020, officers from the Vineland Police Department responded to Thornhill Road in Vineland for an altercation and stabbing. It was reported by witnesses that a confrontation had occurred moments earlier between Latham and his wife and Durham Sr. and his wife, Catherine T. Durham.  The investigation revealed that Durham Sr. and his two sons, a juvenile, age 17 and William T. Durham Jr., age 21, then responded to the Latham’s residence where Zachary had armed himself with a knife and taser.

Thereafter a second altercation between the parties occurred in Latham’s driveway and proceeded into the garage of his home. Durham Sr. received several stab wounds as a result of the incident and was pronounced deceased at 9:19 PM. Latham was taken to Atlantic City Medical Center for injuries he also sustained and was subsequently released.

The following charges were issued:

As to Zachary T. Latham:

Aggravated Assault 2C:12-1b(1) – second degree (Durham Sr.)

Aggravated Assault 2C:12-1b(1) – second degree (Durham Jr.)

Aggravated Manslaughter 2C:11-4a(1) – first degree (Durham Sr.)

Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose 2C:39-4d – third degree

Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose 2C:39-4d – third degree

Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose 2C:39-4d – third degree

Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose 2C:39-4d – third degree

Unlawful Possession of a Weapon 2C:39-5d – fourth degree (knife)

 

As to Catherine T. Durham

Criminal Trespass 2C:18-3a – fourth degree

Simple Assault 2C:12-1a(1) – Disorderly Persons offense (DP)

 

As to William T. Durham Jr.

Aggravated Assault 2C:12-1b(7) – third degree

Criminal Trespass 2C:18-3a – fourth degree

 

As to Juvenile, age 17

Aggravated Assault 2C:12-1b(7) – third degree

Criminal Trespass 2C:18-3a – fourth degree

 

Latham has been lodged in the Cumberland County Jail.  The charges against the others were issued by way of summons.

The investigation continues.  Anyone with information can contact Detective Charles Macafee of the Vineland Police Department at 856-691-4111, Ext. 4317 or Detective Ryan Breslin of the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office at 856-207-2738.

*If this press release involves the charging, accusation or indictment of a criminal defendant, same is merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.