Four men now are charged with murder in the death of Iraq war veteran Zach Gamble.
Cobb County police arrested Arthur Lynell Batchelor, 37, of Acworth, Tarell Winston Secrest, 36, of Marietta and Jason Scott Hill, 35, of Marietta on Tuesday, police spokesman Sgt. Dana Pierce said in a news release. (Jail booking records list Hill as a Woodstock resident.)
Each is charged with committing felony murder, aggravated assault and aggravated battery against Gamble, a 34-year-old Marine veteran from Acworth who police say suffered a fatal beating early March 25 after a party at theConcord Crossing Apartments in Smyrna.
The arrests follow more than a month of police investigation and pressure from Gamble’s family, including a Facebook page, to solve his death.
Gamble was found unconscious in the parking lot at about 6 a.m. March 25 after a taxi accidentally hit him.
Police detectives determined that his severe head trauma came from a beating, not from the cab.
Gamble, who worked for Uni-Select in Kennesaw, went to the Smyrna apartment March 24 for a friend’s birthday party, police said. Something caused an issue between the Marine and others, and several men confronted Gamble in the parking lot after the party.