Christopher Allen, Anthony Zarro accused of murdering vacationing Michigan couple

7:59 AM, Apr 18, 2013   |    comments
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By Kathryn Wall, Springfield News-Leader

A Stone County judge is expected to decide whether two teens currently charged in juvenile court will be tried as adults in the slaying of a vacationing retired couple.

Christopher Allen, 15, of Nashville, Tennessee, and Anthony Zarro, 16, of Spring, Texas, stand accused in the deaths of Paul Brian Brooks, 70, and Margaret Susan Brooks, 69.

The couple was found dead just before 6 p.m. on Jan. 31 at 1722 Trace Hollow Road, 75 miles south of Springfield.

Juvenile authorities have asked that Zarro and Allen be charged as adults because of the severity of the crimes. A judge is expected to make that decision today at a hearing in Galena.

The Brookses had been staying at a family member's cabin on Table Rock Lake in Lampe when authorities say they were attacked by Allen and Zarro.

The amended petition filed in the juvenile case against the teens includes two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of armed criminal action and B felony burglary, as well as robbery, tampering and property damage charges. In juvenile court, each teen has 12 total charges.

The documents say little about the slayings themselves, only mentioning that the Brookses were stabbed and beaten repeatedly.

According to the documents, the robbery charge stems from items allegedly stolen from the home at 1722 Trace Hollow Road. The additional armed criminal action charge also stems from that part of the alleged crime.

The tampering charge results from the alleged attempted stealing of the Brooks' blue Saturn car.

One of the C felony burglary charges is connected to an alleged break-in and stealing from a nearby home at 1712 Trace Hollow Road. The property damage charge is also part of this incident. According to the documents, the $750 damage was done to that home when the teens punched through walls and cut holes in furniture.

The final burglary charge is from an alleged incident at the Lives Under Construction Boys Ranch. The teens allegedly ran away from the ranch, which is a residential facility for at-risk boys.

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