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Judge rules gay couple accused of raping their adopted sons will not be immune from testifying against each other

  • Zachary and William Zulock are both charged with raping their adopted sons
  • A judge has ordered they won’t be immune from testifying against each other 
  • The pair must also be represented by separate attorneys 

The Atlanta couple accused of raping their two adopted sons will not be immune from testifying against each other if their case proceeds to trial.

William Zulock and Zachary Zulock are accused of sodomizing their young sons, who were adopted through a now defunct Christian agency, and offering them up to other local pedophiles. 

They are both facing life in prison and have been separated in two different jails while they await their next court date in March.  Neither has yet entered a plea, but police records indicate they confessed to some of the allegations.

Judge Jeffrey L. Foster has ordered that they will be ordered to testify against e pair each other, removing their right to claim immunity because they are married or because it could incriminate themselves. 

The two children are now in the custody of the state. Their identities are being protected

The two children are now in the custody of the state. Their identities are being protected

In the most recent hearing, attorney John Haldi – who was representing both men – withdrew his support of Zachary following a request from the prosecution that the two men should be severed at trial. 

Now, Zachary must obtain new counsel – but is struggling to find someone to pay for it, according to Townhall, which broke the first story about the couple in August.  

When contacted by DailyMail.com on Thursday, Haldi would not be drawn on any details of the case, citing a gag order that the judge is yet to rule on, but that would prevent attorneys on both sides from discussing the case with the media if approved. 

He said he had ‘spoken’ with William recently, but wouldn’t share any more details or indicate whether he intended to plead guilty or not guilty. 

In his request that the pair be forced to testify against one another, DA McGinley said it was a matter of public interest that they should have to testify against one another. 

The couple was able to adopt their two sons 2018 despite Zachary having been accused of raping another boy in 2011. That allegation was reported to police but never investigated by prosecutors thoroughly enough to warrant charges.

Now, it has been reopened in light of the new allegations. 

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Not only are the pair accused of raping the boys, but also sending videos of the abuse to other local pedophiles.

Hunter Clay Lawless, 27, and Luis Armando Vizcarro-Sanchez, 25, were taken into custody on charges of soliciting an act of prostitution with both boys in August, but their names are only now being made public.

Zachary Zulock, pictured, is in custody on charges of raping his two adopted sons and filming it for other pedophiles. He is shown in an older social media image. In 2011, he was reported to police for allegedly raping another child, but was never arrested

Zachary Zulock, pictured, is in custody on charges of raping his two adopted sons and filming it for other pedophiles. He is shown in an older social media image. In 2011, he was reported to police for allegedly raping another child, but was never arrested 

The couple built their dream home in Atlanta and raked in $7,500-a-week, according to court filings

The couple built their dream home in Atlanta and raked in $7,500-a-week, according to court filings 

Zachary Zulock

William Zulock

Zachary Zulock (L) and William Zulock (R) are in custody facing life in prison 

It’s unclear whether they ever met the boys or had any sexual interactions with them, but Lawless told police he was invited to the home ‘multiple times’ by Zachary Zulock, after meeting him through a friend on Grindr. 

He was arrested after child porn investigators traced a large cache to his Gmail address. 

Lawless told police Zulock contacted him through Snapchat, telling him he planned to ‘f**k his son’ that night, and warning him to expect videos of it. 

Cops found photos and videos of Zachary Zulock raping the boy on Lawless’ phone and computer, according to the arrest documents. 

In one message, Zachary allegedly said: ‘I’m going to f*ck my son tonight. Stand by.’ 

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The pair will return to court in March.

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