3 More Charged with Marine's Murder

Three other men join Sean Hall in the Cobb jail in the death of Zach Gamble.

Four men now are charged with murder in the death of Iraq war veteran Zach Gamble.

arrested Arthur Lynell Batchelor, 37, of Acworth, Tarell Winston Secrest, 36, of Marietta and Jason Scott Hill, 35, of Marietta on Tuesday, police spokesman Sgt. Dana Pierce said in a news release. (Jail booking records list Hill as a Woodstock resident.)

Each is charged with committing felony murder, aggravated assault and aggravated battery against Gamble, a 34-year-old Marine veteran from Acworth who police say suffered a fatal beating early March 25 after a party at the in Smyrna.

on the same charges in Gamble’s death.

The arrests follow more than a month of police investigation and pressure from Gamble’s family, including a Facebook page, to solve his death.

Gamble was found unconscious in the parking lot outside a Smyrna apartment complex on Old Concord Road at about 6 a.m. March 25 after a taxi accidentally hit him.

Police detectives determined that his severe head trauma came from a beating, not from the cab.

Gamble, who worked for Uni-Select in Kennesaw, went to the Smyrna apartment March 24 for a friend’s birthday party, police said. Something caused an issue between the Marine and others, and several men confronted Gamble in the parking lot after the party.

Gamble, who had survived two tours of duty in Iraq between 2001 and 2005, never regained consciousness at , where after he was removed from life support. include a 7-year-old son, Luke.

Hall was arrested without trouble at his job on Highway 92 in the Woodstock area, according to police.

Batchelor, who lives in the 4500 block of Lexford Court, just north of Kennesaw, was arrested without incident about 11:30 a.m. where he works along Interstate North Parkway in East Cobb.

Hill and Secrest were arrested together at home without trouble at 7:30 p.m. with the help of the fugitive squad, Pierce said.

Secrest lives in an apartment in the 1600 block of Roswell Road, and apparently Hill, whom jail records show as living in the 8300 block of Brandon Street in Woodstock, is staying with Secrest.

All are being held in the without bond.

The investigation continues, and police ask anyone with further information to call 770-499-3945.

Jamie May 03, 2012 at 01:38 PM
omg...jason hill, what have u become?? and for what?? you were such a great guy in school!! unbelievable....may god have mercy on you!!!! Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Gamble family!!
Jamie Dumestre May 03, 2012 at 02:27 PM
I just cant stop thinking about this story...I am so so sad and in disbelief!!! my heart is broken, seeing whats taken place! jason, u really were a good person and i just cant understand what happened to you!i
Joseph May 04, 2012 at 03:48 AM
I can tell you now Art had nothing to do with it. Anyone who knows Arthur will tell you the same thing. Prayers go out to the Gambel family, but Art would never do anything like that.
Mark May 06, 2012 at 08:31 PM
Since joe joe is God he must know or was present at the murder to be so Assured of himself ...he should be arrested too ... How come he hadn't come forward to the police to tell them Exactly what happened if he knew so much about art and his intentions
Georgia Elite Realty February 13, 2013 at 08:42 PM
Such a sad story. Two tours and dies in Smyrna...What was the motive?


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