Jesse James Sullivan indicted on charges accusing him of murdering his half-brother Zackary Sullivan

The vigil for Zackary Sullivan at Eagle Square on Friday night.

The vigil for Zackary Sullivan at Eagle Square on Friday night. GEOFF FORESTER

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Zackary Sullivan

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Monitor staff

Published: 05-24-2024 2:06 PM

A 32-year-old Concord man has been indicted on first-degree murder charges in the fatal shooting of his 19-year-old half-brother earlier this year, the New Hampshire Attorney General announced.

Jesse James Sullivan is facing an alternate count of second-degree murder for recklessly causing the death of Zackary Sullivan by shooting him, Attorney General John Formella said Friday.

On Jan. 16, Concord Police responded to a reported shooting near the Dunkin Donuts on Manchester Street. Concord officers arrived about 7:11 p.m. and discovered Zackary Sullivan suffering from a single gunshot wound to the neck. He died at Concord Hospital.

Police searched the area and Jesse James Sullivan was taken into custody on unrelated charges in the early hours of Jan. 17.

Court records show Sullivan has a criminal record that includes more than two dozen arrests dating back to 2008, when he was 17 years old. He has previously pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a handgun, and assault while he was incarcerated, and among other crimes. He was also accused of domestic violence by two different people, including a family member, according to court records.

Sullivan had been released on parole at the time of the shooting. He was arrested in February on murder charges, which were formalized this week by a grand jury.

The grand jury also indicted Sullivan on charges of falsifying physical evidence, being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, being an armed career criminal in possession of a firearm as well as one count of reckless conduct for shooting into an occupied home on Airport Road on the same night as the murder. 

Friends and family have described Zachary as dependable, driven and generous. He was a lifelong tinker and devout auto enthusiast who started a mobile car detailing business last summer, which he then expanded to a brick-and-mortar location, according to his obituary. It opened on Jan. 1, just two weeks before his death.

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“Anyone who had the honor of knowing Zackary knows how much his family and friends meant to him,” his obituary said. “There was never any question – if you needed something, Zackary was the one to call.”

The case is being prosecuted in Merrimack County Superior Court.