Fairmont Man Arrested for Threatening to Kill Judge, Prosecuting Attorney


A Fairmont man was arrested for allegedly threatening to kill a judge, an attorney, a prosecuting attorney and police officers in Marion and Harrison counties.

Zachary Knotts, 32, allegedly asked a woman to help him break into his parents’ house and get firearms to “eliminate the judge, Rachel from the Prosecutor’s Office, Sean Murphy, and a couple of cops” because “no lawyer will help him.”

According to the Fairmont Police Department, Knotts had been previously harassing Patrick Wilson, the Circuit Judge of Division I of Marion County, Harrison County Prosecuting Attorney Rachel Romano, and Fairmont attorney Sean Murphy.

Knotts also sent the woman a video of fireworks with a message that said, “I will shake court house with this sound,” police said.

Neighbors said Knotts went to his parents’ house on three occasions between July 2 and July 6, and video footage proved he was there on one occasion.

According to police, Knotts has “a history of anti-establishment rantings and postings online and on YouTube.” He also was actively trying to purchase a firearm within the past month, police said. 

Knotts is charged with two counts of retaliation against public officers and one count of terroristic threats. He is currently in the North Central Regional Jail, in lieu of $250,000 bond.

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