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Marion teen accused of killing brother, may be released on bond


After spending more than a year in jail on charges he killed his little brother, a Marion County teen may soon be released on bond.

Zach Stringer was 15-years-old when he was arrested in June 2011 and charged with the murder of his 11-year-old brother in the Enon community just east of Columbia. The child was found shot to death in the family home on East Baylis Chapel Road.

Authorities initially suspected suicide, but after further investigation ruled it homicide. Stringer has been held in the Marion-Wathall correctional facility on a million dollars bond. Twice, his request for a bond reduction was denied.  However, a third bond hearing was held in Marion County Tuesday where a $25,000 bond was granted despite community concern and a petition. 

Strict guidelines have been imposed with bond. Zach Stringer must reside with his mother outside of Marion County, wear a GPS tracking anklet, and remain within 200 meters of that home at all times. A change of venue for the trial has been granted and is preliminarily scheduled for February, 2013.  

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