Capital murder trial slated for Feb.

Published 7:19 pm Monday, February 2, 2015

A Glenwood man facing murder charges will have his day in court Feb. 23.

Zachary Taylor Wood, who was 23 at the time of the incident, was one of two men charged with the April 19 shooting death of retired game warden James William Shores of Washington County, Fla.

Wood and Dillon Scott Rafsky, of Enterprise, were arrested after failing to pull over for a routine traffic stop. State Trooper Marcel Phillips pursued the pair into Geneva County until Wood stopped suddenly and Rafsky opened fire with a 12-gauge shotgun. Rafsky wounded Phillips in the shoulder, neck and face. Phillips returned fire, wounding Rafsky and Wood. Both were charged with attempted murder for the firefight.

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Alabama Bureau of Investigation officers later discovered the vehicle Wood and Rafsky were in was registered to 66-year-old Shores. Washington County sheriff’s deputies discovered Shores dead behind his farmhouse.

Investigators believe his death to be a homicide and have charged both Wood and Rafsky with one count each of murder, burglary and grand theft auto, in addition to the attempted murder charge involving Phillips.

Wood and Rafsky received changes of venue from Washington County to Holmes County because Washington’s courthouse was closed with a mold issue.