by Sam Clanton
NEOSHO, Mo. – One of two teenagers charged in the 2013 murders of Paul and Margaret Brooks at their home in Lampe pleads guilty and awaits sentencing next month.
During a pre-trial hearing in Neosho this week, Stone County Prosecutor Matt Selby says 19-year-old Anthony Zarro indicated to his attorney that he wanted to wrap up his case, and entered a guilty plea to two counts of first-degree murder.
Selby says Judge Ed Sweeney asked Zarro numerous questions to ensure his plea was voluntary, and not coerced in any way. Judge Sweeney then accepted the plea, and scheduled sentencing for March 14th – the day his jury trial was set to begin.
Zarro and 18-year-old Christopher Allen were arrested at the scene of the murders, after a neighbor of the Brooks detained the boys using a BB gun that looked like a 9 mm pistol.
An autopsy revealed Mr. and Mrs. Brooks died of stab wounds and blunt force trauma. Selby says evidence at the scene indicated the couple suffered brutal and violent deaths.
Zarro and Allen reportedly entered the home after running away from the Lives Under Construction Boys Ranch. Both are charged as adults.
Allen’s trail is scheduled to begin in April in Boone County, Missouri.