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Walters files motions pertaining to his release this summer

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Convicted murderer Marty J. Walters, of Linton, recently filed two motions in Greene Superior Court pertaining to his expected release from prison in early summer.

Monroe Circuit Court Judge Kenneth Todd has been appointed special judge to hear the motions, that were filed Jan. 30.

No hearing date was set.

In his motion to the court, 49-year-old Walters requested the court to reduce his sentence to the terms of his plea agreement that was signed in 1994 and pleaded guilty to the May 23, 1993 felony murder of Robert Gillett in Linton.

He also pleaded guilty to the burglary of Gillett's home.

Walters was linked by DNA evidence to the crime scene by his blood that was in the home near Humphreys Park in Linton.

Walters has also petitioned the court to waive the $2,000 in fines that were imposed on him at his sentencing two decades ago because of his indigent status.

Walters, currently an inmate at Pendleton Correctional Facility, noted in his petition to the court that Special Judge William Sleva was appointed by former Greene Superior Court Judge David Holt to hear the Post Conviction Relief Petition, and the remainder of the proceedings and sentencing determinations were to revert back to Greene Superior Court.

On May 11, 1994, Walters plead guilty to burglary -- a class B felony and received 20 years with the DOC, which 10 years was to be executed and 10 years on probation.

He was plead guilty to murder, a Class A felony, and received 60 years with 48 years executed and 12 years probation.

In his motion, Walters says he has met all of the statutory requirements while incarcerated, including: Completion of an educational program, vocational education program, substance abuse program and has exhibited a pattern of behavior consistent with rehabilitation.

Walters said reduction of his sentence would be advantageous because he has immediate housing and employment upon his release.

According to court records, Walters says he will live with his mother, Dawn Miller in Linton, or his son, Jeremiah, in Indianapolis.

Walters says he has immediate employment through a new Indiana Workforce Development program that he has been accepted into which seeks out prisoners with appropriate skills and who are within six months of their release date.

Presently, Walters, has an earliest possible release date of June 13.

Walters appealed to the court to grant the motion and stated that has "taken full responsibility for his part in the crimes.

He wrote, "The petitioner truly understands the mistake he made by breaking the law and also sees the error of his irresponsible decisions that led to this tragic chain of events; but as you are aware, the petitioner is so sorry and has paid so dearly for his involvement."

Among the reasons for the judge to consider favorably his request, Walters listed:

* An outstanding conduct and work record in prison.

* Receipt of Associate and Bachelor degrees from the Anchor Theological Institute and Bible Seminary; Associate and Bachelor degrees in business administration from Ball State University; a barber degree from Vocational Barber College.

* Successful completion of DOC programs in substance abuse, anger management, stress management, parenting, thinking for a change, PLUS program with more than 4,000 hours of community service.

* Completing more than 900 independent correspondence courses and hundreds of bible courses.

* Sponsoring more than 2,000 meals through the Feed the Children program.

Addressing the judge, Walters, who prepared the motions himself, stated, "Your Honor, I have taken steps to ensure my success upon release, but more during this time (of incarceration), I realized that I can not hang around with people whose conscience only catches up with them when they get caught. I am truly ashamed of myself and there is no worse pain that I have experienced than realizing the hurt I caused the ones that I loved the most in the world when I brought this incident to our own doorstep and thereby, included them in this nightmare."

He added, "I want you to know that if I could only go back and undo or redo what I chose to do, I would. But as you know, I cannot. What I can do and have done and will continue to do, is take the steps to prevent me from ever repeating these behaviors that brought me here."

Walters previously petition the court in November 2012 for entry into the Community Transition program through the Greene County Community Corrections Department.

However, on Dec. 5, 2012, Greene County Community Corrections filed a letter with the court asking for denial. Judge Sleve denied Waters' motion on Dec. 18, 2012.

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he should have gotten life w/o parole

-- Posted by btm3251 on Tue, Feb 5, 2013, at 4:49 PM

Btm3251..,I agree...It was a heinous(sp?) crime...seems like people get more time for drugs than murder...also seems like the "remorse" is all for his own family and himself...not the victim.

-- Posted by lintonite on Tue, Feb 5, 2013, at 8:54 PM

Imagine the surprise of the police when they found out that it WASN'T any of the kids that hung out at the park around that time. Thank God that forensic analysis was around then and they knew how to use it.

-- Posted by FloydtheBarber on Wed, Feb 6, 2013, at 12:12 AM

Does anyone know what happened to the other two criminals that were involved in this murder?

-- Posted by dorindaJ on Wed, Feb 6, 2013, at 1:08 AM

yeah, David Powell the prosecutor at the time gave them immunity for their testimonies as they put it then they turned in states evidence!!! one of them is dead and the other is alive! and has lived with his secret for all of these years.

-- Posted by lillymae on Wed, Feb 6, 2013, at 10:17 AM

It's a shame someone convicted of murder has immediate employment on release when people who have worked hard for years can't find a job.

-- Posted by skyrocket on Wed, Feb 6, 2013, at 1:59 PM

Once a murderer always a murderer, keep em locked up so they don't have a second chance to kill someone else, as he did not give his victim a second chance, why should he get one. He should pay the ultimate price, life in prison or death!

-- Posted by thrift store junkie on Wed, Feb 6, 2013, at 4:28 PM

I must say that I am impressed with everything he has accomplished while in prison...two bachelors degrees plus all of the other courses and training he has completed. He is much more employable than many other people around here. I'm not saying he should get out early, I'm just stating I am impressed with his will to rehabilitate and try to become a better person.

-- Posted by 0123 on Wed, Feb 6, 2013, at 5:38 PM

I know what his family has suffered and why he feels remorse for ALL involved. For the life he HELPED take and those of his family that he ruined. Yes i said HELPED take because lets not forget that 2other people involved got to walk away scott free just for being a tattle tale. Two individuals who's hands were no cleaner than his. They have both walked free among us in our schools churches grocery stores ect.....and most of you were none the wiser. why look down on the one individual involved that served his time and took the steps to completely change his life and rehabilitate himself. This is a man who because of his actions never got to comfort his wife while she battled a life threatening illnesses that eventually took her life. Who was unable to be there for his children as they watched their mothers life slip away. who wasn't even able to attend his youngest sons funeral because the state told him the paper work would take to long. His oldest son by God's will someone managed the strength to video tape it for his father and deal with all the funeral arrangements by himself. Without ever being able to have his father there to even mourn with. I know the pain loss and struggle Marty's children alone have suffered due to the choices he made that night. I truly believe he is a changed and fully rehabilitated man in every way he can be. If you knew the story of the case and the children that have lost so much, and i don't mean just their father, you would probably have a different opinion about this man. Then again you may not. However even the Lord Christ himself forgives has compassion and shows mercy where needed.

-- Posted by GC's Finest on Wed, Feb 6, 2013, at 6:41 PM


Do you realize that you and I paid for that education? I bet my KIDS won't get a free education, but I had to help pay for his! Seems a bit wrong to me!

-- Posted by jkwalker on Wed, Feb 6, 2013, at 8:08 PM

Its not just HIS education "we" have all paid for. its the rapist the drug dealers the thieves the child molesters the murderers ect...the list goes on That's not gonna change anytime soon if ever. Its the same as convicted felons on welfare and other various government assistance programs

-- Posted by GC's Finest on Wed, Feb 6, 2013, at 11:02 PM

Very well said GC'sFinest.

0123, he is not asking for an early release, he will have served the time he was sentenced and with good behavior which makes his release in June.

I really do think Marty would be better off in Indy with his Son simply because I don't think that GC see's to what length he went to rehabilitate and seek the help to do so.

The other 2 never came forth and admitted their wrong they never rehabilitated and never had any type of remorse the one still living was not even in good behavior these past 20 years, he has been in trouble many times.

And their buddy the prosecutor at the time never had any remorse for his actions either! He was wrong to grant them immunity!

-- Posted by lillymae on Thu, Feb 7, 2013, at 9:06 AM

Lulu, there are jobs out there if you are just wanting to kill some time. If you want to earn an actual living, however, there is very little.

-- Posted by skyrocket on Thu, Feb 7, 2013, at 8:17 PM

ok,add up all the money spent(are tax dollars)to house him in prison,,,all the schooling..(witch does not make anyone a changed person)..or not a murder any more...add all that up...and youll see we should have done what use to be done...a fair trail,a chance to apeil...once thats all over and hes still guilty...hangem...done deal...right in the open for anyone to see if they choose to do so...if not stay at home...and if this sounds to horrific to u...remember they done it to sadam not very long ago...less than 10 years ago...

-- Posted by willam* on Sat, Feb 9, 2013, at 1:08 AM

Lulu, I am fairly well employed. It's just that I know many hardworking - or should I say previously hardworking - who can't find a decent job. Fast food wages don't pay the bills.

-- Posted by skyrocket on Sat, Feb 9, 2013, at 12:08 PM

David Powell the prosecutor at the time gave them immunity for their testimonies as they put it then they turned in states evidence!!! one of them is dead and the other is alive! and has lived with his secret for all of these years.

I think it stinks that anyone would get out of trouble just for turning state's evidence, that shouldn't be allowed, they played just as much a part in this as the other guy. Just to win a case, HA, hope Powell can live with that 'cause someday he'll give account of those things before God Almighty as well as other prosecutor's who do the same things.

And to lulu54 as to your comment to skyrocket where you said,"just goes to show you if you really want employment you can find work there are jobs for those who really want them but there are too many people who would rather sit and draw that unemployment check rather than go out and seek employment." IMO, that is just to much of a general statement including all who draw unemployment, that money is paid in by workers just in case they need it in the event of losing a job and hardly covers cost of living expenses, and it is harder these days to find work that pays a decent living, hope you never have to draw unemployment or you'd have to include yourself in that judgement you just made about those who draw unemployment...lol...maybe a lesson you need to learn so you won't be so quick to throw out judgements, you don't know what you're talking about. And here's a judgement for you, I'm sick of those who make assumptions and judgements about others with out even knowing them!

lulu54 you also say, "in my e mail I get job listings daily there are jobs out there that pay good if you want them go to www.indeed.com it has tons of jobs that are available and you pick the city closest to you. I get so sick of people claiming there are no jobs out there..."

MY question to that statement is, "What are the qualifications to these many jobs in which you claim are out there?" And could a person support his or her family on the pay from these jobs if they could get one? The cost of living keeps going up, up, and up!

There are many college graduates who can't find a decent job that covers their bills and their college loans, I know some personally.

-- Posted by sassy12 on Tue, Feb 12, 2013, at 12:59 PM

naw, it's ok lulu54@pushing a button, no biggie, you gave your opinion just as I did and I'm glad you found a job just after one month, that was a blessing. I'm just saying I know ppl who are out of work not from not looking but because they can't find work that will cover the cost of living expenses and when they find something it is so far to drive and gas prices would take so much of their pay and it is tough out there to find good jobs since the U.S. began outsourcing our jobs, almost every small town I drive through looks like a ghost town, no factories anymore and all the small businesses put out of business unfortunately, just to state a few issues for there are many more.

-- Posted by sassy12 on Thu, Feb 14, 2013, at 1:34 PM

Lulu, just pray you don't lose your job and have to look for another one. If it were that easy to find a job that pays well, we would all be rich. Pat yourself on the back some more.

-- Posted by skyrocket on Thu, Feb 14, 2013, at 9:27 PM

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