Tuesday, May 09, 2000

Dental records confirm victim ID

By Jeffrey Gold
The Associated Press

        NEWARK, N.J. — Kentucky authorities will seek the death penalty for a New Jersey man accused of kidnapping and murdering a British computer consultant last month, the FBI said Monday. However, a Kentucky prosecutor said no decision has yet been made.

        Dental records confirmed that the victim was Paul Jeffrey Gale, who was strangled, according to autopsy results announced Monday by Special Agent Sandra Carroll, a spokeswoman for the Newark office.

        She said dental records were needed because Mr. Gale's body had been burned in an effort to hinder identification following his abduction April 17 from a hotel room in Florence, Ky.

        Investigators have not determined where Mr. Gale was killed but so far think the slaying occurred in Kentucky, Special Agent Carroll said. Mr. Gale's family has taken his body back to England.

        Authorities think Mr. Gale, 28, of Naples, Fla., was kidnapped and killed by Gregory J. Marcinski because Mr. Gale was dating Mr. Marcinski's former lov er.

        Mr. Marcinski, 23, of Brick, N.J., was arrested April 20 and extradited to Kentucky.

        The body was found in a shallow grave about two miles from Mr. Marcinski's residence April 27 after his housemate, Preston C. Foray Jr., admitted he helped hide the body and gave agents the location, the FBI has said in a court filing.

        “They torched the body and apparently ran over it several times with a truck” before burying Mr. Gale in New Jersey, Special Agent Carroll said Monday.

        Mr. Foray, 21, was ar rested April 26. He faces a federal charge of being an accessory after the fact of a kidnapping. The two young men lived with Mr. Marcinski's grandmother.

        Linda Tally Smith, an assistant commonwealth's attorney for Boone County, said Monday that no decision has been made on whether to seek the death penalty.

        “Until we get all the lab results back, I don't think it's prudent to make a definitive statement,” Ms. Smith said.

        The case will be presented to a Boone County grand jury, probably on May 23, she said.

        Under Kentucky law, kidnapping can be elevated to a capital offense if the victim is not released alive, and four types of penalties are available for capital offenses, Ms. Smith said: death, life without parole, no parole for at least 25 years, and a prison term of at least 20 years.

        According to investigators and court papers, Mr. Mar cinski drove his grandmother's Buick 800 miles and flashed bogus FBI credentials to get into Mr. Gale's room at the Holiday Inn in Florence.

        Mr. Marcinski awakened Mr. Gale, handcuffed him, and drove off. Mr. Marcinski told Mr. Foray that he killed the man after driving for about an hour, Mr. Foray told agents.

        Mr. Gale, a native of Birmingham, England, worked as a computer programmer for TRW Integrated Supply. He was working for TRW in Kentucky as a consultant in the merger of two pharmaceutical companies.


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