- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 3, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - An Indiana man convicted in the 1986 killing and dismemberment of an Indiana University graduate student has lost his latest bid for parole.

The Indiana Parole Board rejected 59-year-old Robert Evan Lee’s parole request in January after he appeared via video conference from the Indiana State Prison in Michigan City, The Herald-Times reported (http://bit.ly/16rcTel ).

Lee was sentenced in 1987 to 60 years in prison. He was convicted him of murder and dismemberment in the killing 31-year-old Ellen Marks. Her body parts were found buried on a wooded lot near Lee’s Bloomington boarding house, but her head and hands were never found.

Marks, a recluse, had lived in a shack made of packing crates and volunteered at a local soup kitchen. Her killing closely matched a description of how to kill and mutilate a woman Lee had written in a notebook.

Lee had served 25 years in prison when he was released in September 2012 after earning good-time credit and completing two vocational degrees and two college degrees behind bars.

But public anger forced him to move multiple times following his release, and he was arrested in November 2012 after he got into a car and rode a short distance with a woman he had given directions to. Lee said he was just trying to help, but the act of getting into the car violated the terms of his release and he was returned to prison.

Lee can request parole once a year. If he does not win parole, he could be held in prison until his original release date of Oct. 21, 2029.

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Information from: The Herald Times, http://www.heraldtimesonline.com

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