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Murder trial ahead

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By Alice Du Pont

Jury selection got under way Oct. 1 in the first-degree murder trial of Marvin Cannon. Cannon, now 33, is also charged with attempted first-degree murder and armed robbery.

He is accused of stabbing 58-year-old Zachariah Morgan approximately 35 times on Christmas Eve 2010. He is also accused of stabbing Morgan’s friend Sean Neel, now 45, in the neck in a failed robbery attempt.

The incident took place off Flat Creek Road in the western part of the county around 3 p.m. Morgan and Neel lived in the Cypress Community in Jackson County and had come to Quincy to buy corn for deer feed.

The men met Cannon and another man, 27-year-old Anton McMillan, at the BP station off State Road 267 who told Morgan and Neel they could show them where to buy the corn they needed. Instead, the pair allegedly directed Morgan and Neel toward a vacant barn where Neel was stabbed in the neck from behind. He managed to get out of the truck and make his way to a nearby house to get help.

The homeowner, armed with a gun, followed Neel back to the place where Morgan was last seen. According to reports, Cannon had already run into the woods but McMillan was still at the scene and Morgan was dead. He was held at gunpoint until authorities arrived.

A 48-hour manhunt ended in Cannon’s arrest the day after Christmas following a tip. He had been in the Quincy Inn Motel since the night of the murder.

McMillan was found incompetent to stand trial and is in Florida State
Hospital.