Police in North Carolina charged 32 years old with the first-grade charge of homicide, abduction, statutory rape, statutory offenses and the physical exploitation of the minor, who went on to a police station and admitted to murdering his 15-year-old daughter.
On Sunday morning August 18, 2019, Joshua Lee Burgess went into the police station of the Union County to confess that he was killed in his home by his daughter Zaria Joshalyn Burgess. Zaria is said to have been home, visiting her father during the weekend.
The report added that Burgess reportedly told the first individual he met when he was in the sheriff’s office the incredible details that he had “just murdered somebody.” Burgess said that when Burgess attempted to look at him on the computer system she was unable to locate documents.
Burgess was then reported to have led the police back to the crime scene where he found his daughter’s body and other proof of the crime. Union County Sheriff Eddie Cathey said in a written declaration, “The information about this murder is indescribable. Each policeman and detective engaged in this situation senses the impacts of this child’s events. There is no logical solution to why this guy did what he is accused of. As stated, our hearts and prayers are with Zaria’s mother and her family.”
The Chief Communications Officer of Union County Sheriff’s Office Tony Underwood said, “It’s a situation in which it’s pure bad. He admitted easily what happened.” Researchers reported that Joshua strangled Zaria and slammed her throat with a knife. Zaria died from a “sharp neck injury,” a medical examiner found. Zaria was a junior at Monroe High School. Burgess will soon reappear in the court for the jurisdiction.