The body of a University of Georgia professor accused of killing three people was found Saturday buried in woods near Athens, Georgia, authorities said.
Cadaver dogs discovered the body with two guns in a wooded area of northwest Clarke County, about a mile from where Zinkhan's red Jeep Liberty was found last week, Athens-Clarke Police Chief Joseph Lumpkin said.
Athens-Clarke County police confirmed the identity of the body, citing results from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
The guns are like those authorities believe were used in the shootings, Lumpkin said.
The body was found "beneath the earth," Lumpkin said, without any clothes.
On the night of the killing, as we discussed before, there was one strange, or at least unusual aspect. Prof. Zinkhan dropped his two young kids off at the neighbor's house before fleeing, saying to the neighbor he'd be back in an hour or so. That was a departure from the all too common cases we see reported in which the crazed dad kills the whole family with his guns.
With the discovery of his body, the case got that much more bizarre. Was he the victim of a random and unrelated murder? Was it suicide after all? Who then buried him in the woods? It certainly is a fascinating case.
One thing is clear for me, as long as we allow the bullying voices of the pro-gun folks and the NRA and the Gun Lobby in Washington to have their way, guys like Zinkhan will always have easy access to guns. I say that's too heavy a price to pay for what they call a god-given right. What do you think?
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