Thursday, September 26, 2002

Prosecutor seeks death penalty in stabbing case




By Jim Hannah, jhannah@enquirer.com
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        WARSAW, Ky. — Just minutes after a Gallatin County grand jury handed down an eight-count indictment against Marco Allen Chapman, the prosecutor in the case filed notice with the court that she intends to seek the death penalty.

        Mr. Chapman, 31, of Union, is charged with two counts of murder in the Aug. 23 stabbing deaths of Cody Sharon, 6, and Chelbi Sharon, 7, both of Warsaw.

        The grand jury also indicted Mr. Chapman on two counts of criminal attempt to commit murder. These charges stem from the stabbing of the children's mother, Carolyn Marksberry, and her oldest daughter, Courtney Sharon, 10.

        Additional charges were brought against him on Wednesday, including one count of first-degree rape, one count of first-degree robbery and one count as a second-degree persistent felony offender.

        He was also indicted on one count of first-degree burglary. State police said Mr. Chapman has been convicted of federal bank robbery charges in Texas and an assault charge in Virginia.

        Mr. Chapman, a West Virginia native, has pleaded not guilty to the murder charges and will enter a plea to the new charges at a different arraignment.

        Mrs. Marksberry's husband, Chuck, was at the courthouse.

        “I just want to thank the community and all the people who sent money and cards,” he said. “We have ... bags and bags of cards.”

        Mrs. Marksberry is recovering at home from 15 stab wounds. Mr. Marksberry said Courtney was doing well, but has flashbacks.

        Mr. Chapman is being held on a $50 million bond at Carroll County Regional Detention Center.

        He will be arraigned at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 7 at Gallatin County Courthouse. The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Jay Bamberger.

        Mr. Chapman's attorney, John Delaney of Covington, was on vacation and couldn't be reached for comment.

       



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