18-year-old Zachary Latham famous on TikTok, repeatedly stabbed his 51-year-old neighbor, William Durham, Sr., to death in May during an ongoing family feud, Complex reported.
The neighbour’s family said they believe that Latham lured them into his house after multiple altercations, which he filmed for his TikTok. It was noted that one of Latham’s videos received more than 3 million views.
In a TikTok video posted in April, Durham’s wife, Catherine—who Latham repeatedly called “Karen”— confronted the teen about his driving after he swerved toward her 17-year-old son riding a bike.
In another video, Latham yelled, “I got a knife, dude” to Durham’s 21-year-old son, William, after the young man attempted to open the teen’s car door while he was driving.
According to the Complex, lawyers on the family’s side claim that in an additional video, now deleted, Latham was holding a gun saying, “this is how you handle neighbors.”
Mr. Durham confronted Latham, after multiple disputes, which led to Latham stabbing and tasing Durham several times.
In defense, the teen’s family’s lawyers said that Latham’s wife, Sarah, recorded the slaying, adding that the two intended to post the videos to TikTok and “become TikTok famous.”
Prosecutors are now seeking to upgrade Latham’s charges from aggravated manslaughter and assault to first-degree murder. Additionally, they are requesting to drop the criminal trespass and assault charges against the family.