Jonathan Zarate’s brother, formally known as “J.Z.”, will be tried as an adult, for assisting his brother in the killing and dismembering of 16-year-old Jennifer Parks…
A youth who was 14 when he allegedly helped his older brother maim and murder next-door neighbor Jennifer Parks in Randolph last year will be tried as an adult, a Superior Court judge ruled this afternoon.
Family Division Judge John B. Dangler ruled that James Zarate, now 15, will be prosecuted as an adult on charges of stabbing and chopping off the legs of the 16-year-old victim on July 30.
James and his now-19-year-old brother, Jonathan Zarate, are accused of getting Parks to visit their father’s home on Old Brookside Road around 2 a.m. and then ambushing the girl shortly after her arrival.
Parks’ mother, Laurie Parks, asked the judge to order James Zarate to be prosecuted as an adult.
“Our loss is complete. We only had one child; now we only have pictures, videos and our memories,” she said.