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Two charged in November murder of Havre de Grace man

Two charged in November murder of Havre de Grace man
Havre de Grace police have arrested two men — Joseph Daniel Parrish, left, and Robert Lee Zeman III — for their alleged roles in the murder of a 61-year-old last November. (Courtesy photo)

Havre de Grace police have arrested two men for their alleged roles in the murder of a 61-year-old last November.

On Thursday, police served a warrant on Joseph Daniel Parrish, 27, of the 200 block of Schmechel Street in Aberdeen. He is charged with first- and second-degree murder, retaliation against a witness, destroying evidence, armed robbery, home invasion and related firearms and theft charges, according to Havre de Grace Police Cpl. Daniel Petz, the department’s public information officer.

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Parrish is being held at the Harford County Detention Center, police said. Court records for Parrish were not available as of 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

Robert Lee Zeman III, 33, of the 400 block of South Washington Street in Havre de Grace, was arrested Tuesday and is charged with accessory to murder and misdemeanor firearms charges, according to online court records.

Zeman is also being held at the Harford County Detention Center after he was denied bail at a review hearing Wednesday, records show. Zeman did not have an attorney listed in online court records as of 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

On Nov. 11, Havre de Grace Police Department officers responded to the 200 block of North Washington Street at about 9:30 a.m. to assist emergency medical providers with a man who had suffered a laceration. Upon arrival, officers determined the injuries were caused by gunshots and notified detectives, who took over the investigation.

The victim, identified as Jeffrey Mark Coudon, was taken to University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center for his injuries, where he died Nov. 14. On Nov. 15, Coudon’s body was taken to the Chief Medical Examiner's Office, where an autopsy determined his death to be a homicide, police said.

According to charging documents filed in Harford County District Court for Zeman’s case, Coudon’s family had told police Parrish had robbed Coudon in March 2018 and had made threats to him upon his release from jail. Charging documents for Parrish were not available as of 5 p.m. Thursday.

Parrish allegedly robbed Coudon on March 5, 2018. Parrish was indicted on those charges at the end of March 2018, according to online court records, but the case was still pending at the time of Coudon’s death. Prosecutors dropped the charges last month.

The man who found Coudon’s body arrived around 9:15 a.m. Nov. 11. He was going to drive Coudon to New Jersey where he was going to purchase a dog, he told police.

Parrish was named a suspect in another robbery on Dec. 13. Upon speaking with the victim in that case, detectives found similarities in the robbery to the one of Coudon, according to charging documents in Zeman’s case. Parrish declined to be interviewed by investigators, according to charging documents.

Investigators reviewed Parrish’s jail calls, including several to Zeman, who Parrish had asked to retrieve some of his personal items, including a backpack.

Police executed a search warrant on Zeman’s van, and found a live round that matched the caliber and type of casings found at the scene, and a taser device that was the same brand and type Coudon had reviewed on his phone and his family said he had purchased, according to charging documents. Police interviewed Zeman on Feb. 28 about the homicide of Coudon, who said he was unaware of the murder.

In March, police responded to a residence in the 1300 block of Hall Road where a trailer had been shot. A search warrant for a residence of the alleged suspects in that case, located in the 3000 block of Old Level Road, turned up a .380 caliber handgun that had allegedly been sold to them by Zeman, in addition to ammunition matching the round found in the backpack, according to charging documents.

The sale of the handgun allegedly occurred within two to three days of Zeman’s interview with police about the homicide, according to charging documents.

On Tuesday, police interviewed a woman who said she was at the residence on Old Level Road when Zeman sold the firearm and told the buyers the gun “had a body on it” when he sold it, according to charging documents. Police obtained a warrant for Zeman and arrested him later that day.

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Aegis reporter David Anderson contributed to this article.

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