Category: Robin Marie Murphy

Family not happy with fight for new trial

The Herald News, Apr. 30, 2003 GREGG M. MILIOTE, Herald News Staff Reporter FALL RIVER — Instead of being contacted by law enforcement officials, the family of slain prostitute Karen Marsden had to watch the news to find out about her convicted murderer’s request for a new trial. Marsden’s ritualistic murder was the third of three that shocked the community 23 years ago. Both Robin Marie Murphy and Carl Drew were each convicted of the 1980 murder. Murphy, though, was able to strike a deal with prosecutors and pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the Marsden case. Last week,

‘Cult murders’ killer Murphy wants new trial

The Standard-Times, Apr. 22, 2003 By CURT BROWN, Standard-Times staff writer NEW BEDFORD — After serving 22 years of a life sentence, a former Fall River woman — a co-conspirator in the so-called “cult murders” in 1979 and 1980 — will be in Superior Court tomorrow to request a new trial. Robin Marie Murphy, 18 when she pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in a plea bargain with prosecutors, will ask a Superior Court judge to grant her a new trial because of “serious mistakes and omissions” she alleges her trial attorney made. Ms. Murphy admitted in January 1981 that