Harrison homicide arraignment held over until Tuesday

Homicide suspect Zachary Harrison stands at his arraignment hearing in Humboldt County Superior Court with Public Defender Ben McGlaughlin on Friday afternoon.
Homicide suspect Zachary Harrison stands at his arraignment hearing in Humboldt County Superior Court with Public Defender Ben McGlaughlin on Friday afternoon. Shaun Walker — The Times-Standard

Homicide suspect Zachary Cordell Harrison appeared in court Friday afternoon in front of Judge Christopher Wilson for an arraignment hearing. However, Harrison did not enter a plea after Deputy Public Defender Ben McGlaughlin requested the plea hearing be held over until Tuesday so that Public Defender Marek Reavis can appoint an attorney to represent Harrison due to the serious nature of the charges.

The attorney assigned to represent Harrison will then meet with him before the arraignment and the defendant will enter a plea.

Harrison, who was arrested by Eureka police Wednesday afternoon, is accused of first degree murder with the special allegation of using a firearm to cause great bodily injury related to the fatal shooting of 58-year-old Robert James Holtsclaw in September 2017.

A witness reported seeing Holtsclaw standing beside his vehicle next a gate on Sixth Street in Alderpoint on Sept. 23, and then reported hearing a gunshot.

Wilson approved the request to delay the arraignment and assigned bail of $2 million dollars, $1 million for each charge.

Harrison appeared in court wearing a jail-issued orange jumpsuit. He is due back in court at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.

Dan Squier can be reached at 707-441-0528.

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