Arrest made in Fayetteville murder
Updated: July 20, 2009 at 10:23 am
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A suspect was arrested Saturday in the case of a Fayetteville drag performer murdered last month.
Zachary Lee Oaks, 22, of the 900 block of Anarine Drive, has been charged with first degree murder. He is accused of killing 34-year-old Jimmy Ali McCollough. Known as his drag persona Image Devera, McCollough worked at Club Emages.
McCollough was found dead on April 14 on the side of Joseph St., just one street away from the club. Police have released little details on the case.
In Q-Notes‘ May 2 print issue, McCollough’s sister, Kathy McCollough, alleged that the police department had done very little to investigate her brother’s death. As the print issue rolled onto news stands, police released a flier asking for community assistance and offering a $1,000 reward. It isn’t yet clear whether the flier led to Oaks’ arrest.
Oaks was also charged with assault with the intent to kill inflicting serious injury in a separate case, according to The Fayetteville Observer. He’s accused of assaulting a woman with a knife on May 8. His bail was set at $50,000 in that case.
Spokespeople for the Fayetteville Police Department were not immediately available for comment.
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About the author: Matt Comer is a staff writer for QNotes. He previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015.