Family Reacts to Possible Arrest in Zabel's Murder

Posted at: 11/15/2013 10:53 PM
Updated at: 11/15/2013 11:43 PM
By: Jenna Lohse

(ABC 6 News) -- 23-year-old Beau Zabel moved out to Philadelphia to become a math teacher. It was only six weeks later he was shot in the back of the head and killed.

Now five years later a report by the Philadelphia inquirer quoted a police captain as saying "an arrest is imminent". We talked to members of Beau's family in Austin. Who say it's satisfying to know his alleged killer is behind bars.

"It'll be nice knowing that if he gets convicted that there is some justice out there,” said Terry Zabel, Beau’s Stepfather.

Terry Zabel is the stepfather of Beau Zabel and finding out from Philadelphia Police that they now have enough evidence to arrest beau's killer, he says that's a relief.

"In our minds, we knew he was the one to do it, I mean there was no doubt,” said Terry.

Terry's talking about Marcellus Jones, who investigators are looking at as Beau's killer. Terry says Jones is already serving a life sentence for killing the suspected getaway driver in Beau's murder. Terry and Beau’s mom attended that trial and left convinced that Jones also killed his son.

"To our surprise they kept pursuing it and got some evidence, so that shortly here we hear that they'll arrest him for Beau's murder,” said Terry.

So now five years later, a case that made national headlines is unfolding.

"When we got the news that they had somebody in custody and they thought that that was the person my first thought was is he going to stay there,” said Beau’s Sister, Brook True.

For her a break in the murder case brings closure.

"I’m just glad that something has come up that they're able to issue the arrest warrant that we can maybe get that final peace,” said Brook.

But for Terry, that question doesn't come so easy.

"That's hard to describe what closure is, I mean we miss him all the time and think about him all the time, and even with Marcellus in jail it's not going to bring Beau back,” said Terry.

Terry Zabel says it's going to be hard going through all of this again now that an arrest is possible. We spoke with a homicide detective in Philadelphia who says that arrest could come Monday.