MURDER State parole board denies Poling's bid for freedom
Her accomplice is out of jail and off parole.
By MICHELE C. HLADIK
MARYSVILLE, Ohio -- Murderer Marie Poling was denied parole Wednesday by a two-person panel of the state parole board at the Ohio Reformatory for Women.
"The parole board felt she needed to serve more time because of the nature of the crime," said Andrea Dean, spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. Poling will be eligible to seek parole again in five years.
Poling was convicted in 1988 for the aggravated murder of her husband, Richard Poling, and sentenced to 20 years to life. She was also sentenced to 18 months for abuse of a corpse.
Poling decapitated her husband after killing him. His body was found south of Pittsburgh with help from Poling's accomplice, Rafael Garcia Jr.
Petition against release
According to Dean, the board also received a number of complaints regarding Poling's potential release, including a petition with 877 signatures from local residents.
Dean said she didn't know who had initiated the petition.
Poling met Wednesday afternoon privately with a parole board member and a hearing officer to determine whether she would remain in prison.
Garcia, 24 at the time of the murder, was sentenced to five to 25 years for aggravated burglary, abuse of a corpse and obstruction of justice. He served about 13 years before being paroled in 2001.
Dean said Garcia received his final release from parole Aug. 1, 2002.
In 1990, Poling was denied clemency by then-Gov. Richard Celeste. Her appeal was rejected by the Ohio Supreme Court in 1991 for lack of a substantial constitutional question.
Poling's next parole hearing is scheduled for April 2010.