Ogden man arrested Monday in connection to beating death of 74-year-old

Tuesday , July 17, 2018 - 8:21 AM32 comments

OGDEN — Police have arrested a man they believe to be responsible for the death of a 74-year-old man whose body was found on Monday in Ogden.

Jose Robert Zamora, 22, was booked in jail Monday night on charges of murder, a first-degree felony; and obstruction of justice, a second-degree felony, according to booking reports. 

Zamora is being held in Weber County Jail without bail. 

The body of a man was found around 7 a.m. Monday near the intersection of 26th Street and Monroe Boulevard. Police are investigating the man’s death as a homicide, according to Ogden Police Lt. Tim Scott.

The victim has not been identified by police, pending notification of next of kin, and his name was not listed in court documents. 

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Charging documents allege that a witness had seen Zamora walk past him in front of Pollo Rico at 807 26th St., then enter the alley behind the restaurant around midnight Monday morning. 

Moments later, the witness said he heard a “physical altercation and a high-pitched scream” come from the alley, according to the probable cause statement. 

The witness said he then saw Zamora exiting the alley and was “sweating profusely and breathing heavily” before he ran away, the statement says. 

A different witness told police that Zamora and the victim got into a fight a few days before the murder. 

The witness told police she saw the man sitting on her porch, refusing to leave. Zamora allegedly removed the victim from the porch, punched him and later told the witness he was going to “kill that old man.” Zamora allegedly told the witness that the victim had been following his daughter. 

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Zamora was arrested sometime Monday and was taken to the Ogden Police Department for questioning. After being read his Miranda rights, Zamora allegedly told police that he punched the man in the days prior and ran off. He said in the past he has seen the victim looking into his daughter’s window. 

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Zamora allegedly said that he was returning from a nearby 7-Eleven on the night of the incident when he saw the man sitting on the porch of his apartment. Police say Zamora told them that “his rage built” and he charged at the victim. 

The victim tried to run into his apartment when he was struck from behind by Zamora, charging documents state. 

He allegedly told police he doesn’t recall the details but he hit the man with a stick multiple times. After the man was already unconscious, Zamora told police he returned to deliver two more punches to the man’s body. 

Zamora’s girlfriend claims that he sent her a picture of the man following the assault. 

Following the attack, Zamora allegedly put his bloody clothes and the weapon into a garbage bag and threw it away, police say. He also took a shower before going to visit family in Davis County, according to charging documents. 

Zamora has yet to be formally charged in Ogden’s 2nd District Court or receive an initial appearance date. He has not been assigned a judge nor is an attorney listed as his counsel. 

Contact reporter Jacob Scholl at jscholl@standard.net or follow him on Twitter @Jacob_Scholl.

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