Zachary Harrison enters no plea for homicide charge, arraignment delayed until Tuesday

Homicide suspect Zachary Harrison (left) appeared in court today but did not enter a plea at the request of Deputy Public Defender Ben McLaughlin (right). The arraignment has been held over until Tuesday so that the Public Defender’s office can assign an attorney to represent him. – Shaun Walker/The Times-Standard

Homicide suspect Zachary Cordell Harrison appeared in court on Friday afternoon in front of Judge Christopher Wilson for an arraignment hearing.

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.

Harrison, 27, who was arrested by Eureka Police on Wednesday afternoon, has been charged with first-degree murder with the special allegation of using a firearm to cause great bodily injury. He is accused of fatally shooting 58-year-old Robert James Holtsclaw in September of 2017 in Alderpoint.

Judge Wilson approved the request to delay the arraignment until Tuesday and he assigned bail of $2 million — $1 million for each charge.

Harrison appeared in court wearing an orange jail-issued jumpsuit and he will be back in court at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.

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

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