Grand jury indicts Zachary Spurlock on attempted murder, felonious assault counts

By Jason Hawk -

Attempted murder is the charge against Zachary Spurlock, suspected of shooting a man in the face Sept. 20 at Amherst Township Park.

The 18-year-old Amherst man, who graduated in May from Steele High, was indicted Thursday by a Lorain County grand jury on a wide array of counts, including felonious assault, tampering with evidence, receiving stolen property, and aggravated menacing.

Bond was set at $1.5 million.

Previously, he Spurlock had only been charged by Lorain police with grand theft firearm. He’d posted $50,000 bond on that count last week before the indictment.

Christina Phillips was outraged that Spurlock was temporarily free.

She is the mother of Paul Kilgore, 18, of Lorain, who remains at the Lorain County Jail on a felonious assault charge stemming from the same shooting. Both fled the park but Kilgore was arrested by police and Spurlock eventually turned himself in.

“This incident has blown me away. It’s not only embarrassing. It’s hurtful,” said Phillips, who has a strained relationship with her son. “I don’t know how to deal with it. I’d like to have 20 minutes in the cell with him.”

She told the News-Times that Kilgore and Spurlock have been friends for years. Her son is “a follower who let people talk him into doing stupid stuff,” Phillips said.

Neither man is welcome in her home any longer.

Investigators and Phillips both say Spurlock pulled the trigger Sept. 20. The victim was 18-year-old Christopher McNeil of Lorain.

The weapon was taken from a Lorain store. It belonged to Phillips’ stepfather, a former police officer.

Phillips said her son had access to the weapon. There is no way to tell how long he had it.

Jason Hawk can be reached at 440-988-2801 or @EditorHawk on Twitter.

By Jason Hawk