- Associated Press - Thursday, January 22, 2015

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey’s parole board will consider releasing a former death row inmate who was convicted of orchestrating his wife’s murder in 1984.

The board will hear Robert Marshall’s application in March.

The Toms River insurance salesman was originally sentenced to death in 1986 for hiring hit men to kill his wife at a Garden State Parkway rest stop.

A federal judge reversed the death penalty in 2004, citing ineffective counsel. Marshall was resentenced to life in prison without parole in 2006. New Jersey abolished the death penalty in 2007.

The Asbury Park Press (https://on.app.com/15vlvzu ) obtained copies of letters sent to the board in which almost 50 people urged the board to keep the 75-year-old in prison.

The case was profiled in the book and TV miniseries “Blind Faith.”


Information from: Asbury Park (N.J.) Press, https://www.app.com

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