Zachary Cooper claimed he was God and had killed the devil in 28th and Adams homicide (19)
Update: Earlier this week, Zachary Cooper was arrested in regard to a homicide near the intersection of 28th and Adams near City Park; see our previous coverage below.
Big photos below.
Now, we've obtained the arrest affidavit in the case, and the narrative is shocking. According to the document, also shared here, Cooper is a recently discharged member of the military who beat an elderly family friend to death under the delusion that the victim was the devil and he was God.
At 6:46 p.m. on October 15, the document notes that the Denver police communications center received a 911 call from Janet Segura, Cooper's mom. She said her son had assaulted seventy-year-old Peter Morales, known to him as "Uncle Tony," with a baseball bat.
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Segura told the dispatcher she thought Morales was dead. She added that Cooper claimed he had "killed the devil."
Unfortunately, Segura was right about Morales. Officers soon discovered his body face down next to a bed, with a broken baseball bat near his head. When a paramedic rolled Morales over, he made another grisly discover: The man's throat had been cut. However, the Denver coroner's office has determined that he died as a result of blunt-force injuries.
Cooper was leaving the residence just as the cops arrived and was quickly taken into custody. He was nude at the time.
Shortly thereafter, an investigator sat down with his visibly distraught mom. She revealed that Cooper had been discharged from the military earlier in the year and had been living with her on and off since then.
On the 15th, she had left home to run some errands, and upon her return a couple of hours later, she found Cooper wearing a red bathrobe. However, he soon abandoned this garment and sat down naked on the sofa beside her.
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As he wrote on a dry-erase board, Cooper allegedly told his mother what she'd already recounted to police -- he'd killed the devil. He added that he was God, reassured her that everything was going to be okay and claimed to be in heaven.
If so, he's changed locations since then. Cooper is currently being held without bond in Denver jail.
Look below to see a larger version of Cooper's mug shot and the arrest affidavit, followed by our previous coverage. In the meantime, our sincere condolences to Morales's friends, family and loved ones.
Continue for our previous coverage of the homicide near City Park.