Wednesday, October 25, 2000

Kidnapping case stays in stalemate




By Susan Vela
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        BURLINGTON — A capital kidnapping case involving a New Jersey man remains in limbo while federal prosecutors in New Jersey decide whether to indict him on a similar charge.

        Gregory J. Marcinski, 23, of Brick, N.J., was scheduled for a Tuesday pretrial hearing in Boone Circuit Court, but attorneys asked for a new date while a capital kidnapping charge remains pending in federal court in New Jersey.

        Federal prosecutors are to make a decision by mid-November. Boone Circuit Judge Jay Bamberger reset the pretrial hearing for Nov. 28.

        Mr. Marcinski is accused of kidnapping Great Britain native Paul Jeffrey Gale, 28, from a Florence hotel room in April. Mr. Gale was discovered 10 days later — buried about two miles from Mr. Marcinski's home. He had been strangled and burned.

        Mr. Gale, a computer consultant, had been in Northern Kentucky on a business trip. He was dating Mr. Marcinski's ex-girlfriend.

        Mr. Marcinski originally faced a charge in U.S. District Court in Covington of impersonating an FBI agent to kidnap Mr. Gale from the Florence hotel.

        That charge, which carried a three-year prison sentence and $250,000 fine, was dismissed so that Kentucky could pursue the more serious capital kidnapping charge in Boone County.

        If New Jersey's federal prosecutors pursue an indictment against Mr. Marcinski, attorneys then would have to decide whether to pursue prosecution in both courts or one.

       



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