WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Zeer Cannady claimed he was innocent during an interview Tuesday morning of all charges related to the June 13 home invasion murder of Aaron McGhee.
"I don't know who got killed. I don't know when that even happened. I don't know nothing. I was home all day," the suspect pleaded.
Now that he is in jail, he said he must wait to dispute the charges legally.
"I'm going to sit here and wait for trial. Ain't nothing else I can do. What else can you do when you don't know nothing at all?" questioned the suspect.
Cannady claims "they" probably didn't have a reason to put him behind bars and that he shouldn't have been charged for having a firearm.
"What firearm did y'all find? Where? I have no guns. Never did have a gun," he stated.
Cannady said he has lived in the Houston Moore community for the past two years, and there is a possibility he was out and about at some time the day of the shooting. However, he said most of the day he was at his residence.
"If I wasn't home like the whole day, I was probably out," explained Cannady. "They say it happened in Garden Lake. Houston Moore and Garden Lake are right next to each other. I be in Garden lake every day."
Despite his frequent appearances in the neighborhood, he said he was unaware of any home invasion incident before he was taken into custody.
"I don't know if I was in Garden Lake at that time. I don't know when this happened. I don't know who died," Cannady said.
The suspect did admit he had committed crimes in his past. He said he had served 13 months in jail for carjacking.
"I robbed someone with a BB gun. I didn't even want to do it. It was just something to do. I was bored. I was young and stupid," explained Cannady. "I did my time and I learned. I got a child on the way. I can't keep doing stupid [explicit]."
At one point during the interview Cannady was told to 'watch his mouth' by New Hanover County Sheriff's deputies because he was using profanity. He became frustrated and directed retaliatory comments at the deputies.
"She tellin' me to watch my mouth. What you mean? How are you supposed to feel if you were in here for the rest of your life for murder that you didn't do?" asked Cannady of the deputies.
The suspect was told to quiet down. Shortly after that, a fire alarm interrupted the interview. When Cannady returned, a deputy informed him that his attorney was present to speak with him.
"I gotta go see my lawyer. I can come back if they let me," explained Cannady.
The suspect never returned. A deputy informed the reporter that Cannady would not be continuing the interview.
Sheriff's deputies at the New Hanover County Jail said Cannady will make a video first appearance at 2 p.m. in the New Hanover County Courthouse.
To see the interview with Cannady tune into WECT News later today.