dude thanks for this post. I lived in the area at the time and remember it happening very well. I remember the concessions your school district was making for him. but I left tolna hill shortly there after and haven't been back. I forgot about it for years. I never found out if he was found guilty or not. until a few weeks ago I came across an article on it totally randomly. for about a month I haven't been able to figure out if he was innocent or not, but if what you say here is true, he was guilty.The evidence that Zach killed Greg is overwhelming. It defies common sense to imagine that Zach didn't do this.
1. There are footprints leading from the house to the base of a pine tree where gloves and a small knife both covered in Greg's blood were buried. The footprints then lead back into the house. These footprints popped under luminol. There are no other bloody footprints leaving the house.(Why would a stranger take time to bury evidence outside the house and come back in instead of just fleeing with the evidence? It only makes sense for somebody who has to stay with the house to do this because they have no ability to take the evidence far away--in other words, only Greg would have had motivation to do this.)
2. The gloves belonged to Zach. The gloves covered in Greg's blood that were buried under the pine tree have a cut on the left hand in the area where there was a matching cut on Zach's left hand ring finger.
3. Zach's bloody and dirty hands were wiped with a towel by a paramedic. The soil on that towel matched soil samples taken where the gloves were buried.
4. Zach's sweatshirt had a V pattern associated with arterial spurting. This could only have occurred were he present when Greg was dying. Beyond 3 minutes five seconds, this arterial spurting would not have been possible. The sweatshirt also had blood splatter stains on it so Zach was in proximate vicinity of Greg when he was stabbed.
5. Zach's socks had blood splatter drops on top of them.
6. The knife buried under the pine tree covered in Greg's blood was closely associated with Zach's own knife collection and his father's former business because they were promotional products given away by auto parts manufacturers and Zach's father had previously owned an oil changing shop that did business with such manufacturers. In fact, the murder weapon advertised a Baltimore auto parts business on its handle and the father's auto business was located in Baltimore.
This is a lot of coincidences. If Zach didn't do this, then he might be the unluckiest mother f'er that ever lived because it would mean that some other guy came in Zach's house, took Zach's gloves, used a knife that matches knives in Zach's collection, buried the evidence in Zach's backyard within a 10-15 minute window of time, committed the crime in socked feet, and did all this without Zach knowing it was going on, escaped without anybody noticing him, and poor Zach ended up with blood drops and spatter on the sweatshirt he was wearing somehow even though he found his brother already dead.
If that all happened, Zach is probably safer in jail because he so God damned unlucky he would have had a freak accident just walking the streets. I mean that is one kid that shouldn't bother to play the lottery if all those things happened. Either he did it or the universe HATES him.