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Arrest Made In Estates Double Homicide

Collier County Sheriff's Office

Post Date:05/17/2017 3:55 PM

A 24-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the murders of two men whose bodies were found in a burned car in Golden Gate Estates in January.

Zachary Anderson, 661 20th Ave. N.W., Golden Gate Estates, was being booked into the Collier County jail Wednesday afternoon on charges of third-degree murder, manslaughter and arson in connection with the deaths of Christopher Patrick Hunter, 36, and Thomas Anthony Hunter, 41.

The bodies of the brothers, who shared a residence in Golden Gate Estates, were found inside a 2002 silver Mercury Mountaineer sport utility vehicle that caught fire along 20th Avenue Northwest on Jan. 18.

Detectives say Anderson shot the brothers with an assault-style rifle during an arranged meeting. The vehicle was later set on fire. An autopsy determined the brothers died from their gunshot wounds.

Detectives said physical evidence obtained during the investigation led to the probable cause for Anderson’s arrest.

Deputies arrested Anderson at the jail, where he has been held since his Jan. 27 arrest on an unrelated probation violation charge stemming from his August 2016 conviction for robbery.

Anderson was also charged Wednesday with robbery, shooting into an occupied vehicle, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and attempted purchase of schedule II drug in connection with the murders.

Anderson’s arrest photo will be released when it becomes available.

This continues to be an active and ongoing investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Collier County Sheriff’s Office at 239.252.9300, or if you wish to remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward, call Crime Stoppers at 1.800.780.TIPS (8477).