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Alleged Killer's Suicide Note Claims Innocence
Reported by: Leslie Rubin
Web Producer: Leslie Rubin
Reported: Aug. 9, 2012 6:15 PM EDT
Updated: Aug. 10, 2012 9:21 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
Charles March, the man accused in the dismemberment death of Kathy Goble, left a suicide note declaring his innocence, just before he attempted to kill himself at South Central Regional Jail.
"When your children no longer love you, what is there left?” March asked in the first page of a note that was scribbled over three pages. “I love my boys, all three, and my grandbabies. Dad, Pa Pa, Pops."
The second page says, "Thank you guys in C6 for being my friend. I can't go to prison for something I didn't do."
The third page says, "If something should happen to me, a heart attack or stroke, please notify my son, Andy March." March goes on to list his phone number and address. It ends by saying, "I love you my children and my grand babies so much. Please give Andy my body. Thank you so much, Charles E. March."
March, 60, has never spoken publicly since being arrested in the slaying of his co-worker. Goble's dismembered body was found in March's yard in April.
Eyewitness News exclusively obtained the suicide note written by March just before he tried to kill himself Wednesday in jail. March tried to commit suicide by jumping from a second tier of a commons area at the South Central Regional Jail, according to jail administrators. He is still recovering from non-life threatening injuries at Charleston Area Medical Center’s General Hospital.
Kanawha County sheriff's officials said just after March's arrest that he had confessed to strangling Goble, cutting her body up in his bathtub, and then burying pieces of her body beside his trailer in Chesapeake.
On Tuesday, prosecutors filed a motion to admit into evidence March's videotaped confession to the killing. "During the confession, the defendant actually shook Detective Snuffer's hand, thanked him for being so professional and courteous, and then expressed gratitude for being able to admit to these crimes,” court records say.
Records also indicated March stated he was "evil" and deserved to be in prison for the remainder of his life.
On Thursday, March's lawyer, Richard Holicker, filed a motion for initial examinations to determine his client’s competency and/or criminal responsibility.
The motion states, "The undersigned counsel asserts that the defendant's attempt to kill himself just two days prior to his scheduled arraignment constitutes reasonable cause for concern that Mr. March may not be competent to enter a plea at arraignment, let alone stand trial."
March's son, David, who discovered Goble's remains declined to comment Thursday about the suicide note. Holicker also declined to comment.
March's arraignment has been rescheduled to Aug. 17.
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