Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Police arrest grandson in double murder.

Update: The accused killer's mother is a candidate for Justice Court Judge in Jackson County. More information at bottom of post.
Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement:

Arrest Made in Rankin County Double Murder

On Tuesday June 23, 2015 at approximately 5:00 p.m. the Rankin County Sheriff's Office received a report of a deceased husband and wife at 1621 Highway 469 North, Pearl, MS. The sheriff and deputies responded to the scene and met with a family friend who stated that he had stopped by the house to check on the couple and when they didn't come to the door he walked around the back of the house and saw the wife's body lying on the floor covered in blood, the complainant immediately contacted a family member who unlocked the residence where the body of the husband was discovered in a bedroom.

Based on the injuries to the victims it was obvious that both had been murdered. The scene was secured and additional Rankin County Investigators and the MS Bureau of Investigations responded to the scene and began to process it.

During the investigation the grandson of the victims was identified as the suspect. The grandson is identified as Zachary Alexander STANFORD 22 year old male from 1508 South 7th Street Ocean Springs. STANFORD was stopped by the Magee Police Department for careless driving and during the stop officers noticed that he had blood on his clothes and in his vehicle. The Magee Police Department contacted the Rankin County Sheriff's Office and relayed this information. Rankin Deputies responded and transported STANFORD to the Rankin County Jail.

The victims in this case are identified as Robert FARIES 79 year old male and Peggy FARIES 77 year old female both of 1621 469 North Pearl, MS.

The initial appearance for the suspect is tentatively set for Thursday morning before Rankin County Court Judge Kent McDaniel on two charges of murder.

This investigation continues.

Sheriff Bryan Bailey gratefully thanks the District Attorney Michael Guest and his office, the MS Bureau of Investigations, the men and women of the Rankin County Sheriff's Office and Magee Police Department for their invaluable assistance in this case.

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Note: His mother is apparentlly Suzette Faries Breland, an Ocean Springs Attorney.  She is a candidate for Jackson County Justice Court Judge, District 4.  Say a prayer for this family. 


Anonymous said...

I'll bet a hunnert he wont get "Schuler Smithed". Hinds county, watch and learn how its supposed to be.

Anonymous said...

His skin and fallen face say "meth", to me. Meth addicts frequently look as if their skin had just melted.

Is this the case? Anyone know his life story?

Anonymous said...

Sorry for the lost of two elderly people.

"His skin and fallen face say "meth", to me. Meth addicts frequently look as if their skin had just melted.

Is this the case? Anyone know his life story?"

What about the THUG comments. There is a DOUBLE STANDARD. You feel sorry for this guy. REALLY.

Anonymous said...

He was arrested in Ocean Springs in November for marijuana.

Anonymous said...

How many descriptions of thugs used in cases like these? This is not random thug violence. This is a family tragedy. Blacks have those as well and not described as thugs on this site.
I don't recall seeing any described like that on this site.
Blame this on the confederate flag why dontcha?

Anonymous said...

what a horrible double tragedy for that family, I feel for the mother who has lost those on both sides of her generation

Anonymous said...

Forget the case (as you quoted) this person killed two people (repeat--two elderly people are dead). His grandparents!!! It sickens me that these people are gone. But, You want to psychoanalyze this (nothing) by questioning his past and possible drugs. I believe in conservative principles and ideals, but what I see is a double standard (in your thinking) I must address it. Go ahead, if he were black you would be catering food for a public hanging followed by burning the corpse at public viewing. While all along feeling that justice was served.

Anonymous said...


Do you feel for the dead in South Carolina?????

Anonymous said...

I went to high school with the guy. He was always kind of weird but who would have expected something like this? I feel bad for his family as this is a monumental tragedy.

Anonymous said...

According to the CL, they say he drove from the coast to Rankin county specifically to commit the crime and will be charged with 1st degree murder. If that's the case, if/once convicted, his punishment should be carried out swiftly.

Anonymous said...

He pled not guilty an hour ago.

Anonymous said...

he will wind up charged with two counts of capital murder.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

Ok, he's a thug. Feel better?

Anonymous said...

swim smoked weed with this guy a few times. he was extremely normal to me, passive, but normal and outgoing. ide bet he got ahold of spice or something stronger. drug induced phsycosis for sure. but also guilty of capital murder.

Anonymous said...

What ever happened in this case, I have not seen anything in the paper.

Kingfish said...

Indicted in November. Awaiting trial. Two counts of capital murder.

Anonymous said...

He obviously had deep issues. His momma spends more time at a local bar named Leo's than with her kids. Maybe, he was looking for revenge because of a lot issues.

Suzette said...

Zach is my son and I love him although he committed these heinous murders. He was a good kid but apparently has a mental illness. No one blames themselves more than I do for what happened. If I could have stopped it or knew he was suffering I would have done something. He loved his grandparents very much.

I don't have to explain my situation for anyone but anyone that knows me, knows my children are my life.

The last comment left by "anonymous" was left by a spiteful, nasty person that wants to bash me. If AV (yes, I know who you are) wanted to be a real woman she could say anything to my face. My law office is in Ocean Springs.

This is a very sad tragic thing that has happened in my and my children's lives. We have lost 3 people we loved the most. Before making spiteful anonymous remarks, remember it could happen to anyone.

If anyone has anything else to say on this subject (especially AV) please feel free to contact me directly.

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