Former Columbia County man arrested on murder charges
A former Columbia County man who was accused of murder in the shooting death of his neighbor in 2009, but not convicted on that charge, was again arrested on a murder allegation in Phoenix in late September.
Phoenix police said Todd Edward Marchant, 52, used a wrench to strike another man and then strangled him with an electrical cord.
Police arrested Marchant on second-degree murder charges on Sept. 24 following a report he repeatedly struck the man and then strangled him after engaging in a verbal argument at a hotel in Phoenix, according to Phoenix police and court records.
Marchant was arrested three days after the incident on Sept. 21, but is no longer in custody of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.
According to Arizona court records, a motion to dismiss the case without prejudice against Marchant was filed Monday, Oct. 2, and he was released from custody.
In general, a motion to dismiss a case without prejudice means charges could be refiled, essentially "keeping the door open to filing charges against the individual," explained Amanda Jacinto, a public information officer with the Maricopa County District Attorney's Office.
Previous criminal history
In May 2009, Marchant was arrested in Columbia County after he fatally shot his neighbor, Everett Lawrence Briley, 28, in the Grey Cliffs neighborhood in St. Helens. After Marchant and Briley got into an argument while driving home together from a golfing trip, Marchant went to his home and returned to Briley's house with a gun. At the time Briley grabbed a samurai sword from his home. Moments later Marchant shot Briley in the chest and he later died at the hospital.
A Columbia County jury found Marchant guilty in November 2010 on the charge of unlawful use of a weapon, but not guilty on charges of murder, manslaughter or criminal negligence homicide. He was sentenced to serve five years in Columbia County Jail with credit for time served. He was released in 2012.
In January 2014 Marchant applied to Columbia County Community Corrections to transfer his probation to Arizona, which was accepted. He completed all conditions of his probation in May 2014 and the earlier case is now closed, an official in the corrections department said.