Rocklin Stabbing Suspect Released from Custody as DA Looks at New Details

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20-year-old Zachary Kachmar is a free man – at least for now.

“He was so mellow. When somebody said, Zach, I said how could that possibly be?” said John Bittman.

Kachmar was supposed to face murder charges today in the death of 59-year-old Robery Vickney Jr., who died Saturday after police say he was stabbed in the chest by Kachmar.

But the District Attorney continued court proceedings to July 29, as investigators determine if charges will still be filed. Prosecutors now say Kachmar may have acted in self-defense.

“He’s a good kid. For me that was hard to believe he would do anything like that,” said Bittman, a long-time neighbor of Kachmar.

Investigators said while Kachmar was at Vickney’s home for a birthday party, a confrontation happened that led to the stabbing.

Kachmar was in the Placer County Jail since Sunday morning.

In a Facebook post, Kachmar’s mother, Natalie writes:

“I’m overwhelmed with joy that they have released my beautiful loving kind son!!! Thank you so much for all the love and support. My heart goes out to the the Vickney family for this tragic accident.”

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