Prosecutors seek death penalty for suspect in stabbing death of 73-year-old Lebanon man

Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry announces that he has requested a special prosecutor to handle the investigation into the death of Aaron Bailey. Mykal McEldowney/IndyStar

Boone County Prosecutor Todd Meyer said Wednesday that he will seek the death penalty for a teenager accused of fatally stabbing a 73-year-old man in his Lebanon home.


Zachariah B. Wright, 19, Lebanon, faces 23 charges in connection with the June 18 slaying of Maxwell Foster and the assault of his wife, 68-year-old Sonja Foster.

Meyer said the community is still reeling from the brutal incident.

"The crimes this defendant is alleged to have committed are horrific and serve as everyone's worst nightmare," Meyer said in a written statement. "Being awakened in your home, in the middle of the night, to find an intruder standing over you armed with a knife.

"I have given this decision considerable thought and deliberation and, after meeting with the victim's family, presenting the case to the Indiana Prosecuting Attorney Council's capital litigation committee and after speaking with members of the Indiana attorney general's office. I have come to the conclusion that seeking the death sentence in this case is the right decision."

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