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Trial set in murder aftermath

Trial set in murder aftermath

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JUNEAU — The 20-year-old Watertown man accused of counseling and serving as a police lookout for a friend who reportedly murdered a UW-Milwaukee student in October will appear before a Dodge

County jury next month.

Zachary S. Zaborek could face up to 3 1/2 years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted on the felony charge of aiding a felon.

Zaborek appeared in Dodge County Circuit Court for a status conference Friday. Michael Witt, Zaborek's attorney, filed proposed jury instructions and asked that a second status conference be scheduled Aug. 20, seven days before Zaborek's jury trial is set to begin.

Police believe Travis W. Zoellick, 20, of Watertown kidnapped and murdered Haroon Y. Khan, 32, of Milwaukee Oct. 1 after meeting him to discuss purchasing Khan's 2006 Mitsubishi sedan.

Acting on tips from two witnesses, authorities approached Zoellick's home to serve a search warrant Oct. 3. However, Zoellick took his own life with a gun as the officer closed in.

 Khan's body was found Oct. 4 buried in a shallow grave off Boulder Road in the town of Emmet. He had been stabbed multiple times.

According to the criminal complaint, when Zoellick told Zaborek he had kidnapped and stabbed Khan to death, Zaborek didn't notify police and advised Zoellick to, "leave, and never come back."

Zaborek also told police he drove to the storage unit where the stolen Mitsubishi was stored to check for cops at Zoellick's request.

When police asked Zaborek why he didn't notify police of the murder immediately, he replied that Zoellick was his best friend, and Zaborek was afraid to tell, according to the complaint.

Tammi L. LaFave, 22, of Delavan was convicted in Milwaukee County of felony murder for allegedly assisting Zoellick to  kidnap Khan and steal his car.  Zoellick was her former short-term boyfriend, She was sentenced in June to 20 years in prison and five years of supervision.

amartin@capitalnewspapers.com

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