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Appeal fails in murder of Middletown man

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com

The man convicted of killing Middletown’s Zakary Farmer will remain in prison.

Marcus Hanyard, 25, was convicted in April of killing Farmer, a 2015 Shenandoah High School graduate, during a 2017 robbery-gone-wrong at a Muncie home.

According to court documents, Farmer was at the home of Isaiah Davis during the early morning hours of Feb. 9, 2017, when a black man came into the room.

Witnesses told police the man in the doorway fired a gun and Davis fired a gun back.

After the man fled the home, people in the home discovered Farmer had been shot several times.

A neighbor called 911 and police arrived. Farmer was pronounced dead at the scene.

Prosecutors presented evidence Hanyard had discussed robbing Davis. They also argued Hanyard suffered a wound on his leg by being grazed by a bullet during the shootout.

According to prosecutors, Hanyard’s cell phone records show he was near Davis’ home within minutes of the shooting that left Farmer dead.

A jury found Hanyard guilty March 7, 2018, of murder, Level 1 felony conspiracy to commit burglary and Level 4 felony unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon.

Hanyard was sentenced  to 61 years in the Indiana Department of Correction.

Hanyard appealed the conviction, arguing “the State failed to present sufficient evidence to prove that he committed the charged offenses.”

The Court of Appeals of Indiana upheld the Delaware Circuit Court decision and sentence.

According to the decision, prosecutors presented sufficient evidence to prove Hanyard’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

The appellate judges said Hanyard’s argument was “merely a request to reweigh the evidence and the credibility of the witnesses, which our court will not do.”