Wednesday, June 28, 2000

Kidnap suspect indicted

N.J. man could face death penalty in slaying

By Susan Vela
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        BURLINGTON — A New Jersey man suspected of kidnapping his ex-lover's new boyfriend from a Florence hotel and later killing him was indicted Tuesday on a charge of capital kidnapping.

        Gregory J. Marcinski, 23, of Brick, N.J., could face the death penalty if convicted. Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Linda Tally Smith has said capital kidnapping becomes a viable charge whenever a kidnapping victim is recovered dead.

        “I expected that's what the grand jury would do. It's a rather bizarre case,” said Mrs. Smith, who presented evidence against Mr. Marcinski Tuesday in Boone Circuit Court.

        Mr. Marcinski was not present.

        Mrs. Smith said she will decide whether to pursue the death sentence after an investigation into the April death of Paul Jeffrey Gale concludes.

        She indicated there was “aggravating” evidence that might make her pursue the state's harshest sentence.

        “He drove all the way from New Jersey to Kentucky” on April 17, she said. “Greg Marcinski had no business in Kentucky that we're aware of.”

        Mr. Gale, a 28-year-old native of Great Britain, was staying at the Florence Holiday Inn when Mr. Marcinski allegedly told hotel employees that he was an FBI agent and that Mr. Gale was in the federal witness protection program and had violated its rules.

        Mr. Gale was employed by a New Jersey company and was in Northern Kentucky for a business trip. He recently had started dating Mr. Marcinski's ex-lover, Darla Guidie of New Jersey.

        Mr. Marcinski has told federal investigators that he tracked down Mr. Gale at the hotel to “clear the air.”

        According to federal court documents, the hotel manager escorted Mr. Marcinski to Mr. Gale's room. The two soon left the hotel together.

        Hotel employees have said Mr. Marcinski handcuffed and frisked Mr. Gale before putting him in the car.

        Mr. Marcinski has said he and Mr. Gale drove around Northern Kentucky before he dropped Mr. Gale off at a Marriott hotel near the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport.

        Mr. Gale knew a co-worker who was staying there, Mr. Marcinski said.

        Less than two weeks later, authorities found Mr. Gale's body in a shallow grave two miles from Mr. Marcinski's home. Mr. Gale apparently had been strangled and set afire.

        Mr. Marcinski's room mate, Preston Foray, has told federal authorities that Mr. Marcinski returned home on April 17, disclosed the kidnapping and requested help in disposing of the body, which was in the trunk of his car. Mr. Foray faces obstruction of justice charges.

        Mr. Marcinski is expected to be indicted on capital kidnapping charges in U.S. District Court in New Jersey. In U.S. District Court in Covington, he has been charged with impersonating an FBI agent.

        A trial is set for August.


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