JUNEAU - Zachary S. Zaborek, 19, of Watertown waived a preliminary hearing Thursday on a charge that he helped the murderer of Haroon Y. Khan, 31, of Milwaukee elude police.
Travis W. Zoellick, 20, of Watertown stabbed Khan to death Oct. 1 and buried him in a shallow grave in the town of Emmet. According to investigators, Zoellick and his girlfriend Tammy L. LaFave, 21, of Delafied allegedly kidnapped Khan at gunpoint when they met him to test drive his 2006 Mitsubishi Tracker Evolution in Milwaukee.
Zoellick died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound as authorities approached his home to serve search warrants on Oct. 3. LaFave faces a charge of felony murder charge in Milwaukee. She waived a preliminary hearing on the charge Wednesday.
Dodge County Circuit Judge Andrew Bissonnette on Thursday modified Zaborek's $25,000 cash bond to a property bond at the request of Michael Witt, Zaborek's attorney.
Iashia Zondi, Khan's sister, implored the court on behalf of her family to deny the motion to modify bond. She said her family was having a difficult time dealing with Khan's death and "needed the piece of mind knowing (Zaborek) will not be allowed out on bail."
"He was an active participant in covering up the murder of my brother," Zondi said.
Assistant District Attorney Kurt Klomberg argued that when Zaborek learned Zoellick had murdered Khan on Oct. 2, "He counseled the killer to flee — so he himself is willing to flee."
"A property bond is not sufficient security. It's not his property," Klomberg said, noting that Zaborek's parents own the property.
However, Bissonnette sided with Witt, who asserted that Zaborek has cooperated with police, has ties to the Watertown community and is not a flight risk.
"The crime certainly was horrific, in some ways bizarre — and for what? To get a car," Bissonnette said. "But the purpose of bond is not to punish the defendant. It's to insure future court appearances."
Zaborek will be freed if the Corporation Counsel finds the property bond sufficient. As conditions, he must check in with the Sheriff's Department daily and have no contact with Khan's family.
Zaborek's plea hearing has not yet been scheduled.
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