The Schenectady man accused of shooting another man to death during a July 6 party appeared in court this morning.
Zachary V. Epperson, 31, of 1562 Carrie St. was arraigned this morning in City Court on a felony charge of second-degree manslaughter. Epperson is accused of fatally shooting Anthony Ruiz, 30, inside an apartment at 527 Hattie St. during a party. Police said Ruiz and Epperson had argued during a backyard gathering at the Hattie Street apartment and Ruiz was hit by a shotgun blast in the living room.
Public defender John Lindsay requested bail for Epperson, citing the fact that he is a lifelong area resident and that he had a “minimal” criminal history that included four misdemeanor convictions. The request was denied, however, after prosecutor Laurie Hammond objected, saying Epperson also had active Family Court warrant and had gone so far as to lead police on a chase through Schenectady and Clifton Park on Saturday to try to avoid arrest.
Police said officers spotted Epperson driving a vehicle just after 7 p.m. in the city, but he fled when they tried to stop him. Officers lost sight of him as he was driving east on Route 146 in Clifton Park, but Saratoga County sheriff deputies later found Epperson’s vehicle parked at a Clifton Park restaurant. He was arrested just before 9 p.m. after sheriff’s deputies saw him running from a pay phone at the restaurant.
Epperson is scheduled to return to court Friday for a hearing.
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