The man accused of fatally stabbing a Ketchikan resident on Aug. 10 was arraigned Monday in Ketchikan District Court.
Twenty-three year old Zachariah Willard is charged with second-degree murder, facing a maximum 99-year jail sentence.
Willard is accused of stabbing 33-year-old Wayne Nathan on the morning of Aug. 10.
Responding to a 911 call, Ketchikan Police officers found Nathan at about 8:45 that morning with a chest wound. The Ketchikan Fire Department transported Nathan to PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center. He was pronounced dead at 9:33 a.m.
The afternoon of Willard’s arraignment, many of Nathan’s family were in attendance, though they do not have a comment at this time.
Magistrate Amanda Schultz set Willard’s bail at $100,000, including a performance and an appearance bond.
“What I’m going to do in this case is there’ll be an appearance bond in the amount of $25,000 as 100% cash and a performance bond In the amount of $75,000 cash only for a total of $100,000. The appearance bond is money that can be forfeited if you don’t come to court. The performance bond is money that can be forfeited if you don’t abide by the conditions that the court sets.”
Those conditions include staying away from eight other Ketchikan residents, many associated with the eyewitness who led police to charge Willard in this case.
If Willard is unable to pay in the next 48 hours, he will be able to make requests to lower the amount. His next hearing is set for Sept. 3.