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Fugitive In 1987 West Hartford Murder Captured

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(Courtesy West Hartford Police)

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addiecarone0202011525b Fugitive In 1987 West Hartford Murder Captured

Relatives of victim Peter Carone, his brother Jim and mother Addie at West Hartford Police Headquarters, after Adam Zachs' arrest was announced. Photo by WTIC's Matt Dwyer.

A fugitive who disappeared for more than two decades while on bond appealing a West Hartford murder is back in custody in Mexico.

Adam Zachs had been convicted of shooting Peter Carone outside the Prospect Cafe in a 1987 attack.

West Hartford Police say a dispute developed between the two men, over a joke.  Police say Carone was shot in the back, when he turned away from Zachs, and tried to go back inside the bar.

Zachs was out on bond pending his appeal when he disappeared,  until he was picked up in Leon Guanajuato Mexico,  where he is held pending extradition.

Police say authorities are looking into whether Zachs, who is now 47,  had help from local ‘contacts’ in evading authorities.

“I was giving up hope.  I think this is the hardest thing to understand, it really did happen,” said Carone’s mother, Addie Carone, referring to the capture.   “I am completely relieved.”

Carone’s family thanked West Hartford Police for their work on the case.

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