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PostPosted: Tue Aug 21, 2007 6:51 pm    Post subject: Barbara Sue Caulley Reply with quote

MURDER SUSPECT HAUNTED BY OCCULT, MOM SAYS

By By Bruce Cadwalladerand Michael J. Berens
Columbus Dispatch
July 21, 1988


Robert Lee Wells, charged Tuesday in the fatal stabbing of a 14-year-old girl, loves animals and children yet is obsessed with the occult and Satan, his mother said yesterday.

''He needs help. I hope he gets it now,'' Katie Wells said during an interview from her home in Delaware, Ohio.

Her son, 25, was voted ''Most Motivated Student'' when he graduated from high school in Mount Vernon, Ohio, in 1981. Unknown to classmates, he had been under psychiatric care because he often punched himself in the face or bit his own arms, she said.

Wells, Who had never been arrested, stayed indoors and never dated, his mother said.

Wells is accused of repeatedly stabbing and slashing Barbara Sue Caulley at 990 Michigan Ave., the Short North home of her uncle and aunt, Jim and Linda Caulley.

Barbara was killed about 6 a.m. Sunday, police said. Her body was found Monday night in an earthen cellar at the house.

Barbara's wrists were bound and she had been bitten on the breasts, sources said. Police are uncertain whether she was raped.

Wells, who is unemployed, is Linda Caulley's brother and had been staying at her house.

Barbara, who lived with her mother, Evelyn, at 1165 Oregon Ave., sometimes stayed with Jim and Linda Caulley at their home three blocks away.

The Caulley's and their two children were on vacation in Arizona when the slaying is believed to have occurred.

Wells has told police he can't remember what happened between him and Barbara, sources said.

His mother said yesterday, ''Bobby said he remembers getting angry with her and punching her three times in the face, but he said he can't remember anything else. He said he blacked out.''

Wells, charged with aggravated murder, is being held in the Franklin County Jail in lieu of $750,000 bond.

The Franklin County prosecutor's office said the death penalty will be sought.

Mrs. Wells said her son was 14 when he used a knife to carve a message into his bedroom dresser. The message was that he had sold himself to the devil, she said.

She said her son, who considered himself an artist, often referred to the devil in messages he drew on his bedroom walls. One said, ''I've sold my soul to the devil.'' She said a psychiatrist said her son would grow out of it.

Police confiscated several drawings from the Michigan Avenue house. Mrs. Wells said the drawings were ''bizarre.''

She said her son was as happy playing with children as he was being around adults. She said he also enjoyed being around animals.

Linda Caulley said she called police when relatives spotted Wells walking toward her home Tuesday night. He was arrested at the house.

Linda Caulley said her brother had scratches on his right arm and his left hand when he came to the house. She said police later said her brother had a 3-inch-deep stab wound in his shoulder.

She said her brother said Barbara attacked him when he asked her to leave the house. Wells told family members that Barbara stabbed him once in the back with a kitchen knife.

Wells said he remembered moving a throw rug over two blood stains on the living room carpet and washing blood off himself, Linda Caulley said.

The family said Barbara was attacked by a knife with an 8-inch blade and police have seized it.

Relatives said that when they confronted Wells on Tuesday and told him police wanted to question him, he reportedly replied, ''I'll tell them everything I know.''

Lt. Ralph Casto said Wells ''talked about the weekend and made some incriminating statements.''

Casto said detectives wanted to interview Wells on Monday night but could not find him. Wells told relatives he had hitchhiked to Indiana and back.

Linda Caulley said her brother was the youngest of six children. He moved in with her about a year ago after losing his job at a discount department store on Georgesville Road because of an argument with a co-worker.

''If I thought he was some kind of psycho I wouldn't have left him with the
kids,'' she said. ''He was a lonely person that never got out much.''

Barbara's funeral will be Friday in Ironton, Ohio.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 21, 2007 6:55 pm    Post subject: MURDER SUSPECT GIVES BITE SAMPLE Reply with quote

MURDER SUSPECT GIVES BITE SAMPLE
MODEL OF TEETH, MARK ON VICTIM TO BE COMPARED

By Bruce Cadwallader
Columbus Dispatch
July 26, 1988


Police secured a search warrant for an unusual purpose - to force a man charged with aggravated murder to give up dental impressions for comparison with a bite mark on a slain teen-ager's breast.

Judge Janet Jackson of the Franklin County Municipal Court signed the warrant, which authorized an oral pathologist from The Ohio State University to make the impressions at the Franklin County Jail Downtown.

The dental casts of Robert Lee Wells, 25, of 990 Michigan Ave. will be compared with a cast made from a bite on the body of Barbara Sue Caulley, 14, of 1165 Oregon Ave.

Barbara's body was found July 18 in the cellar of the house in which Wells lived with his sister, Linda Caulley, and her husband, Jim.

Her throat had been slashed, and she had been stabbed many times. The victim was the Caulleys' niece. Her body was found by a cousin looking for a lost puppy.

Police said Barbara had been sexually assaulted, but they are still awaiting a report from the Franklin County coroner's office as to whether she was raped.

The search warrant also authorized police to obtain blood, hair and saliva samples from Wells to be compared with evidence collected in the cellar.

Dr. James V. Marquard, associate professor of oral pathology at OSU, said yesterday that Wells cooperated in making the dental impressions. The process takes about two minutes, Marquard said.

A cast was made of Barbara's wound, producing a negative image. A positive image, or cast of teeth, was made from that, he said.

''Although it may not be conclusive, it certainly can implicate someone,'' Marquard said. ''I have not reached a conclusion yet in this case. I'm still waiting on some photographs'' from the police.

Police believe Barbara was killed in the early morning of July 17 after an argument with Wells on the first floor of the house. Her body was wrapped in blankets and dragged to the earthen cellar of the house where it was hidden behind a sofa, police said.

Wells was arrested last Tuesday night at his home.

Jim and Linda Caulley told police Wells was the last person known to be inside the house and that bloody trousers and a shirt recovered in the cellar belonged him, according to an affidavit filed to secure the warrant.

''Robert Wells has, in fact, implicated himself in the murder of Barbara Sue Caulley,'' the affidavit said.

Franklin County Prosecutor Michael Miller said dental impressions have been accepted as evidence in criminal trials in other states and were crucial in a 1979 murder conviction in Florida of serial killer Ted Bundy.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 21, 2007 7:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

COLUMBUS MAN INDICTED IN GIRL'S SLAYING

Columbus Dispatch
July 29, 1988


Robert Lee Wells, 25, was indicted yesterday on a charge of aggravated murder in the slaying of Barbara Sue Caulley, 14, whose body was found July 18 in the basement of a home where Wells was living.

The Franklin County grand jury returned the indictment.

Columbus police said Caulley, of 1165 Oregon Ave., was stabbed numerous times and the imprint of a human bite was on one breast. Police believe she was killed July 17.

Wells was being held in the Franklin County Jail, court officials said.

He lived at 990 Michigan Ave. with the victim's sister, Linda Caulley, and her husband, Jim.

Police obtained a warrant authorizing the making of a cast of Wells' mouth, which was to be compared with the teeth marks on Barbara Caulley's body.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 21, 2007 7:02 pm    Post subject: SLAIN TEEN-AGER REMEMBERED AS ABLE, RESPONSIBLE STUDENT Reply with quote

SLAIN TEEN-AGER REMEMBERED AS ABLE, RESPONSIBLE STUDENT

Columbus Dispatch
August 4, 1988
EDITORIAL


The recent tragic death of Barbara Sue Caulley, 14, deeply saddened the
staff at Everett Middle School.

We feel that some incorrect impressions of the slain teen-ager were published. In memory of her, we would like to let everyone know the Barbara Sue Caulley we knew.

In the three years that she attended Everett, Barb was a responsive, cooperative, responsible student. She was an able student and a joy to have in class. Barb was always very mature and definitely someone we could count on and trust. It was always good just to be around her.

We feel sorrow and anger over this useless loss. The horrible fright and pain she must have suffered stay in our minds. If only there could be something we could all learn from this tragedy.

Ruth Lapp
Guidance Counselor
Everett Middle School
Worthington


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 21, 2007 7:05 pm    Post subject: PUPPY LED CHILDREN TO COUSIN'S BODY Reply with quote

PUPPY LED CHILDREN TO COUSIN'S BODY

By By Debera Bell
Columbus Dispatch
February 6, 1990


A missing puppy led the children to their cousin, whose body was stuffed behind a couch in the cellar.

Barbara Sue Caulley, 14, had been sexually assaulted, her throat slashed, and she had been stabbed repeatedly. Her left breast bore a bite mark.

The children first thought a Halloween mask had been left behind the couch, Linda Caulley, the girl's aunt, testified yesterday in Franklin County
Common Pleas Court.

Her brother, Robert Lee Wells, 25, was charged with Barbara's 1988 murder.

His aggravated murder trial began yesterday. Wells waived a trial by jury, so his case will be decided by visiting Judge William T. Gillie.

Police believe Barbara was killed in the early morning of July 17 after an argument with Wells on the first floor of the house. Her body was wrapped in blankets and dragged to the earthen cellar of the house where it was hidden behind the sofa, police said.

Barbara lived with her mother, Evelyn, at 1165 Oregon Ave., but sometimes stayed with James and Linda Caulley at their home three blocks away. She had stopped to visit Linda Caulley the evening of July 16.

Linda Caulley testified yesterday that Wells moved in with the family at 900 Michigan Ave. in the beginning of 1988. Unemployed, Wells agreed to baby- sit the Caulleys' two children in return for food and shelter.

The Caulleys were visiting relatives in Alexandria, Ohio, when the slaying is believed to have occurred. When they returned July 18, Wells was gone.

When Wells was arrested July 19, a cut on his back was in the same area as a cut in a bloodied T-shirt Linda Caulley found stuffed in an air vent, Assistant County Prosecutor Dennis Hogan said.

Caulley could not recall yesterday whether Wells had worn the shirt the night of July 16.

Hogan said the state's evidence includes dental casts taken from Wells that match a cast taken of the teeth marks on Barbara's breast.

Wells told Caulley that Barbara attacked him when he asked her to leave the house, she said in 1988. Wells told family members that Barbara stabbed him once in the back with a kitchen knife.

Wells was voted ''Most Motivated Student'' when he graduated from high school in Mount Vernon, Ohio, in 1981, his mother, Katie, said July 20, 1988. But unknown to classmates, she said, he had been under psychiatric care because he often punched himself.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 21, 2007 7:07 pm    Post subject: JUDGE TO RULE IF MAN, 25, MURDERED GIRL Reply with quote

JUDGE TO RULE IF MAN, 25, MURDERED GIRL

Columbus Dispatch
February 14, 1990


Judge William T. Gillie is expected to decide this week whether Robert L. Wells, 25, is guilty of murdering and raping a 14-year-old girl at his sister's home in 1988.

Wells waived a trial by jury. His trial on a charge of aggravated murder began last week.

Barbara Sue Caulley was sexually assaulted, her throat was slashed and she was stabbed repeatedly, officials said. Her left breast bore a bite mark.

Police said Barbara was killed in the early morning of July 17 after an argument with Wells on the first floor of the house. Her body was dragged to the earthen cellar and hidden behind a sofa, police said.

Barbara lived with her mother, Evelyn, at 1165 Oregon Ave. but sometimes stayed with James and Linda Caulley, who lived three blocks away. Barbara was Mr. Caulley's niece. She stopped to visit Mrs. Caulley, Wells' sister, the evening of July 16.

Mrs. Caulley testified Wells moved in with the family at 900 Michigan Ave. in early 1988. Unemployed, Wells agreed to babysit the Caulleys' two children in return for food and shelter.

When Wells was arrested July 19, he had a cut that matched a cut in a bloodied T-shirt that Mrs. Caulley found stuffed in an air vent, Assistant County Prosecutor Dennis Hogan said.

Wells was voted ''Most Motivated Student'' when he graduated from high school in Mount Vernon, Ohio, in 1981, his mother, Katie, said July 20, 1988. His classmates did not know, she said, that he had been under psychiatric care because he often punched and bit himself.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 21, 2007 7:09 pm    Post subject: MAN SENTENCED IN NIECE'S KILLING Reply with quote

MAN SENTENCED IN NIECE'S KILLING

Columbus Dispatch
February 16, 1990


Judge William T. Gillie found Robert L. Wells guilty of voluntary manslaughter yesterday and sentenced him to 10 to 25 years in prison for killing Barbara Sue Caulley, 14.

Caulley's body was found stuffed behind a sofa in the basement of the home of her aunt and uncle, James and Linda Caulley, at 900 Michigan Ave.July 17, 1988.

She is believed to have been killed earlier that day after fighting with Wells, 25.

Caulley had been sexually assaulted, her throat was slashed and she had been stabbed repeatedly, officials said. Her left breast bore a bite mark.

Linda Caulley, Wells' sister, had allowed Wells to live with them in exchange for baby-sitting the Caulleys' two children.

When Wells was arrested July 19, he had a cut that matched a cut in a bloodied T-shirt Mrs. Caulley found stuffed in an air vent, court testimony showed.

Wells, who waived a jury trial in Franklin County Common Pleas Court, had been indicted on a charge of aggravated murder.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 21, 2007 7:37 pm    Post subject: A killer, but not legally a predator Reply with quote

A killer, but not legally a predator
Loophole could mean looser reins if he gets paroled

By Barbara Carmen
The Columbus Dispatch
August 19, 2007


On the morning 14-year-old Barbara Sue Caulley was killed, a neighbor went out to his porch to smoke a cigarette. He later told police he heard a girl "screaming bloody murder" for six minutes.

He figured a kid was getting punished. He was wrong about that, but it was bloody.

The girl, killed July 17, 1988, was stabbed 56 times. Her body was found a day later, stuffed behind a ratty sofa in a relative's earthen cellar in Harrison West.

Columbus police think that Robert Lee Wells tried to rape Barbara Sue and killed her when she resisted. Wounds on her hands and arms showed that the eighth-grader fought hard to live. Her throat was slit.

Wells has served 19 years of a 25-year sentence and could walk free soon. Now 44, he was granted parole in June but remains in the Chillicothe Correctional Institution as the Caulley family fights his release.

"He is absolutely going to go after someone else's little girl" if he gets out of prison, Evelyn Caulley, Barbara Sue's mother, said last week.

Here's another thing that frightens her: Wells can't be branded a sexual predator. Ohio's law has a loophole.

Lawmakers attached the warning label to the crime of involuntary manslaughter but not to the crime of voluntary manslaughter, which a judge found Wells guilty of.

"She was just like any other teenager," Caulley recalled. Her daughter was enjoying the summer. Barbara Sue ran the neighborhood with her cousins and spent nights at the nearby homes of a grandmother, aunts and uncles.

But, Caulley said, a brother of her sister-in-law's who was visiting that summer made her nervous. "When Robert Lee Wells was around, we all kept our eyes on our kids."

Wells once carved messages on walls saying he'd sold his soul to the devil. He walked around his sister's house that summer eating handfuls of raw hamburger -- a habit that led his sister to overlook the blood splatters in her kitchen after the slaying.

A few years earlier, he was hospitalized because he said he saw "blood in women inside of him," his attorney recalled. The hospital dismissed it as "too much caffeine."

Wells confessed to killing Barbara Sue and was charged with aggravated murder. He wasn't charged with rape; he told police he sexually assaulted her after she was dead.

But police offered Wells psychiatric help to extract the confession, his attorney, Jeff Moore, said last week. Judge William T. Gillie, who has since died, decided that was improper and threw out the confession.

Gillie convicted Wells of voluntary manslaughter based on a bite mark on Barbara Sue's left breast that matched Wells' teeth.

Involuntary manslaughter usually involves accidentally killing someone while committing another crime. Voluntary manslaughter generally is a crime of passion provoked by the victim.

Victim advocate Bret Vinocur discovered the loophole in the sexual-predator law in late June, when he phoned Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien to ask why Wells hadn't been designated a sexual predator.

State law requires sexual predators to register their addresses with the sheriff in the county where they live and prohibits them from living within 1,000 feet of a school. Some towns have added day-care centers, libraries, parks, swimming pools and playgrounds to the 1,000-foot rule.

A rape conviction is not required. Any felon whose crime was sexually motivated can be labeled a predator -- even if the crime predated the 1997 so-called Megan's Law, as long as the person is still in prison when the hearing is held.

And Wells was about to walk.

"At first, I thought it might have fallen through the cracks," said O'Brien, who wasn't county prosecutor when the case was tried. "Certainly, the facts of this case would indicate that it was motivated by sexual conduct."

O'Brien's research uncovered the loophole.

"I really was surprised," he said. "I told Bret I would work with him to get the law changed."

O'Brien and Vinocur will join Caulley and her family at a parole hearing Sept. 12 to fight Wells' release. The three want to keep Wells in prison long enough to get the law fixed and get Wells designated a predator.

Moore said his former client was a hermit who didn't go looking for girls.

"I believe a mental institution is a more appropriate setting for Robert than a prison," Moore said. "The evidence was clear that she stabbed him; he had wounds on his hands."

But S. Michael Miller, county prosecutor at the time, wants Wells to stay locked up. "Mr. Wells appears to be a very dangerous and disturbed person," Miller wrote the parole board. "I believe Mr. Wells is still a danger to the community."

Wells declined a request to be interviewed for this story.

Vinocur hopes that public outcry also will sway the parole board. He has set up an online petition on his Web site, www.findmissingkids.com, and is asking for signatures.

Meanwhile, he is working with O'Brien and state Sen. Steve Stivers, R-Columbus, to close the loophole, using a pending victims' rights law.

"My little girl never got justice," Caulley said. "I still look at faces and think I'll see her. You wait for her to come in the door, and she doesn't come. You accidentally set the extra plate on the table.

"And now, I find out they can't even charge him with being a sexual predator."
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 21, 2007 7:42 pm    Post subject: Parole Board & Justice For Barbara Sue Caulley Reply with quote

When I read this article about Little Barbara and what happened to her I was thinking WHY..WHY do we hear so many times this type of brutal crime against another child. Yet again the worse is that Ohio Parole Board once again was ready to set the KILLER free...HOW could they do that, according to article they ( parole board ) did not even have the facts of the case, we should all be very mad and demand to know just how many cases like this have gone un noticed before and KILLERS set free.
Then to read that Judge William Gillie felt he wanted to get help for Well's ( the killer ) come on, what about little 14 year old Barbara ? Why do we have a system that seems to feel more for KILLERS than their VICTIMS ???
We can only hope that this arrogant Parole Board,who could give justice to families if they wanted, will listen to the case and Prosecutor's Michael Miller & Ron O' Brien. This Killer should never see day light again, and until the system starts to work our children will never be safe from these animals.
I urge every family who has lost a loved one to violent crime to make sure you keep tabs on the KILLER and ask questions about up coming hearings, because sadly those who are paid to do this job won't tell you unless you ask, that should make all of us mad. After all tax payers pay them.
Call Gov. Strickland, let him know how you feel about this Parole Board and ask that they be supervised, the fact that they do not read cases is just not acceptable.
The President of Find Missing Kids does more for families than those who work for the state, he should work for them as a WATCH DOG over who is up for parole. Thank God he has the heart to keep going, this is not a paying job for him, he does it because NO ONE ELSE DOES. God Bless him.
I and my family pray that justice is given for the VICTIM'S of crime, Not the REAL KILLER.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2007 8:32 am    Post subject: 20 Years Later, Man Fights To Keep Killer In Prison Reply with quote

20 Years Later, Man Fights To Keep Killer In Prison

Kevin Landers
WBNS 10TV
Sep 10, 2007


COLUMBUS, Ohio - Nearly 20 years after his sister was stabbed to death a man is fighting to keep her killer behind bars.

In 1988, Barbara Sue Caulley (pictured, right) was stabbed 56 times and found buried in the cellar of a home on Michigan Avenue in the Harrison West neighborhood, 10TV's Kevin Landers reported.

Robert Lee Wells later confessed to having sex with Caulley, and was convicted of voluntary manslaughter, Landers reported.

Mark Reynolds was only 8-years old when detectives found his sister's body.

"She was a good girl," he said. "She took care of us."

While Wells awaits a parole hearing later this week, Reynolds continues to spend his time gathering signatures on paper petitions and from the Web site, FindMissingKids.com.

Reynolds said he is aware of a loophole that could affect Wells if he is granted an early release from his 25-year sentence, Landers reported.

Under Ohio law, if you are convicted of voluntary manslaughter and the crime was sexually motivated, you aren't required to register as a sexual offender, Landers reported.

Wells, who is scheduled to go before the Parole Board on Wednesday, would fall into this category if he is granted parole.

Attorney Jeff Moore represented Wells at his trial and spoke with 10TV News about the issue - specifically about how it relates to Wells' case.

While Wells (pictured, left) admitted to having sex with Caulley, he said he wasn't sure how it related to the case.

"I can't say whether (Wells') crime was sexually motivated or not," Moore reported. "I don't think it's right to keep anybody in jail until the law changes so you can classify them the way you wished they were classified at the time they were convicted."

While Wells' parole hearing looms on the horizon, Reynolds continues to try and drum up support for an issue he views differently. He said his sister would see it differently, too.

"I can't believe how much support we've gotten," he said. "I just think she would be proud that we're fighting for her."
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2007 7:22 pm    Post subject: Man Convicted Of Teen's Slaying Denied Parole Reply with quote

Man Convicted Of Teen's Slaying Denied Parole

Kevin Landers
10TV News
Sep 12, 2007


COLUMBUS, Ohio - A man convicted of killing a teenage girl nearly 19 years ago was denied parole on Wednesday, and the victim's family hopes that the decision will give prosecutors time to mend a loophole in a law.

Months before the Parole Board's decision, family and friends of Barbara Sue Caulley collected petitions in protest of her killer's possible early release, 10TV's Kevin Landers reported.

Caulley, 14, was stabbed more than 50 times by Robert Wells (pictured, right). Her body was found buried in the cellar of a home located in Columbus' Harrison West neighborhood.

Wells was later convicted of voluntary manslaughter and sentenced to 25 years in prison. On Wednesday, he faced a Parole Board for the first time.

While his family told the board that he is a changed man, Wells' defense attorney claimed that he has already served more time than most people convicted of the same crime, Landers reported.

Caulley's mother didn't feel the same way.

"He stabbed her over 55 times," Evelyn Caulley told the board. "She hasn't received justice for this crime committed against her."

Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien also addressed the board and spoke against granting parole.

"(Wells) is a ticking time bomb and we need to keep him in prison for as long as we can," he said.

After deliberating for about 15 minutes, the board ruled to deny Wells parole.

Although satisfied with the board's decision, the Caulley family hopes that a loophole uncovered by the case will be closed before Wells completes his sentence.

Wells was never convicted of raping Caulley, but the crime was considered sexually motivated because of bite marks found on the teenager's breast. But, because of a loophole, Wells is not labeled a sexual predator, Landers reported.

Under current law, a person charged with voluntary manslaughter is not required to register their name and address.

It was not known what steps would be taken to address the loophole.

Meanwhile, Wells will serve the remaining six years of his sentence in prison.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2007 8:37 pm    Post subject: Thank You Reply with quote

We would like to thank the thousands of people who sent letters objecting to the parole of Barbara Sue's killer. As many of you know his parole was denied and he was continued until his maximum sentence of 25 years. He will now be released in 2013.

We are currently working on getting information from the hearing online. In the coming days we will be posting the memorial video presented at the hearing as well as audio of the testimony from the hearing.

Please stay tuned to findmissingkids.com for more information.

Thank you again to everyone.

Sincerely,
The Findmissingkids.com staff
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2007 5:13 am    Post subject: Girl's killer must stay in prison until 2013 Reply with quote

Girl's killer must stay in prison until 2013

By Barbara Carmen
The Columbus Dispatch
September 13, 2007


Evelyn Caulley's voice broke as she sat before the Ohio Parole Board yesterday, painting a mother's pain in plain words.

"Barbara Sue was a 14-year-old child. He was a grown man. He bit her breast. He penetrated her. He slit her throat, and he stabbed her over 55 times," Caulley said.

"She hasn't received justice."

The parole board agreed, reversing a decision to release killer Robert Lee Wells. He will serve his entire 25-year sentence until 2013.

And that, Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien testified, will provide time to close a loophole in Ohio law and get Wells labeled a sexual predator.

Ohio lawmakers attached that warning label to the crime of involuntary manslaughter. But it does not apply to those convicted of voluntary manslaughter, the crime a judge found Wells guilty of.

A bill is being drafted in the Ohio Senate to change that. "If released in his current state," O'Brien said, "we could not make him register his address, tell the neighbors."

Regardless, O'Brien argued, Wells should be held as long as possible for the July 1988 crime: "He is, in my view, a ticking time bomb."

O'Brien gave the board a letter that Wells sent him in August, and called it "totally nonsensical."

In it, Wells writes that he's threatened the president and the governor, suggests President Kennedy was killed by 13- and 15-year olds, and outlines conspiracies involving a secret society at Yale University, OSU football and Osama bin Laden.

Two of Wells' sisters, including the sister he was living with when he killed Barbara Sue, pleaded for his release. They said he's a changed man.

Wells' public defender, Wendie Gerus, noted Wells, 44, has served nearly twice the current maximum sentence and is "very sorry" for his crime.

Gerus said she met Wells in prison a week ago and described him as coherent. She noted he'd completed several prison rehabilitation courses, including stress and anger management.

But victim advocate Bret Vinocur offered prison records showing Wells was thrown out of critical rehabilitation programs, including a victim-awareness class.

"This guy is crazy," Vinocur testified. His Web site, www.findmissingkids.com, gathered hundreds of petitions against the parole.

The parole board reached a speedy decision, voting that an early release would "demean the seriousness" of the crime.

In the back of the hearing room, a cousin wept. Star Caulley, who'd found Barbara Sue's body, is now a mother of eight. Her eldest is 14, the same age she was that summer.

For two years after her daughter died, Evelyn Caulley sat up nights to guard her younger children.

"You become someone else after someone kills your child," she said. "I miss her curly hair, her pretty eyes, her smile."
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2007 10:12 am    Post subject: The Right Decision Reply with quote

Thank you Ohio Parole Board, for changing your first decision to let this child killer out EARLY. I am gaining my faith back that when the true evidence is shown at full board hearings the right decision can be made and carried out.
This child and her family, like so many others depend on these killers to do ALL the time they are given, which in most cases is not enough. When you murder a child or adult in cold blood, you should not be free to walk among us. Thank you again for giving the justice allowed you.
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