UPDATE: Acquitted Murder Suspect Hospitalized after Overdose

By: WSAZ News Staff; Andrew Colegrove Email
By: WSAZ News Staff; Andrew Colegrove Email

UPDATE 4/29/13 @ Noon
GALLIA COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A man who was acquitted last week on a murder charge was hospitalized after a suspected overdose.

The Gallia County Sheriff's Office confirms that Semaki Corfias was hospitalized Friday night.

According to 911 records, a call came in just after 8 p.m. Friday. The caller told dispatchers there was an overdose, and the victim was Semaki Corfias.

Corfias was taken to Holzer Medical Center in Gallipolis. A spokesperson with the hospital says he has since been discharged.

Just last week, a jury in Gallia County found Corfias not guilty on murder and tampering with evidence charges in the stabbing death of Thomas Marr.

Corfias is still currently facing a meth charge from an arrest last September.

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UPDATE 4/24/13 @ 4:40 p.m.
GALLIA COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A jury has found a Gallia County man not guilty of murder.

Semaki Corfias, 52, of Gallipolis, was charged with murder and tampering with evidence in connection with the stabbing death of Thomas Marr.

Marr, 29, died after being stabbed in the chest at a home in Kanauga in February 2012.

Late Wednesday afternoon, after about four hours of deliberations, the Gallia County Common Pleas Court jury found Corfias not guilty on both charges.

Earlier Wednesday, Corfias took the stand in his own defense.



UPDATE 4/24/13 @ 4:30 p.m.
GALLIA COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A jury in Gallia County has reached a verdict in a murder case.

Semaki Corfias is charged with murder and tampering with evidence in the stabbing death of Thomas Marr.

The 29-year-old died after being stabbed in the chest at a home in Kanauga in February 2012.

The jury got the case around 12:30 Wednesday afternoon, and deliberated for about four hours.

We will update this story as soon as the verdict is read.

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UPDATE 4/24/13 @ 2:30 p.m.
GALLIA COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A murder case in Gallia County is now in the hands of a jury.

The jury got the Semaki Corfias case around 12:30 Wednesday afternoon.

Corfias is charged with murder and tampering with evidence in the stabbing death of Thomas Marr.

The 29-year-old died after being stabbed in the chest at a home in Kanauga in February 2012.

The trial got underway Monday.

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UPDATE 4/24/13 @ 12 p.m.
GALLIA COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Closing arguments are finished in a murder case in Gallia County.

The prosecution and defense wrapped up their cases about noon on Wednesday in the trial of Semaki Corfias.

Corfias is charged with murder and tampering with evidence in the stabbing death of Thomas Marr.

The 29-year-old died from a stab wound to the chest at a home in Kanauga in February 2012.

Corfias took the stand Wednesday in his own defense.

The jury will get the case after the judge completes jury instructions.

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UPDATE 4/24/13 @ 10:35 a.m.
GALLIA COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Wednesday marks day three in a murder trial in Gallia County, Ohio.

Semaki Corfias, 52, took the stand in his own defense Wednesday morning.

Corfias is charged with murder and tampering with evidence in the stabbing death of Thomas Marr.

Investigators say Marr, 29, died from a stab wound to the chest at a home in Kanauga in February 2012.

The prosecution wrapped up its case Tuesday, after calling three witnesses to the stand, including a BCI investigator and a man who was a cell mate with Corfias in jail.

During opening statements Monday, both the prosecutor and defense attorney said the case surrounded drugs.

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UPDATE 4/23/13 @ 9:15 p.m.
GALLIA COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) --The prosecution has rested in a Gallia County murder case.

Semaki Corfias is accused of stabbing Thomas Marr to death at a home in Kanauga in February 2012.

In court on Monday, the prosecution and defense said the stabbing death was related to drugs.

On Tuesday, three witnesses took the stand for the prosecution, including a state Bureau of Criminal Investigation investigator and a man with whom Corfias shared a jail cell.

The defense will start presenting their case Wednesday morning.



UPDATE 4/23/13 @ 10:45 a.m.
GALLIA COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- It's day two of a murder trial in Gallia County, Ohio.

Semaki Corfias, 52, is charged with stabbing Thomas Marr to death at a home in Kanauga in February 2012.

Corfias is charged with murder and tampering with evidence.

Three witnesses for the prosecution are scheduled to take the stand Tuesday. They include a man who shared a jail cell with Corfias and an Ohio BCI agent.

During opening statements, both the prosecution and defense said the case involved drugs.

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UPDATE 4/22/13 @ 4:56 p.m.
GALLIA COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- "Lies and manipulation" is how a Gallia County prosecutor described the defense of a man charged with murder.

Opening arguments began Monday in the murder trial of Semaki Corfias, 52, of Gallipolis, Ohio.

Corfias is charged with murder and tampering with evidence in connection with the stabbing death of Thomas Marr, 29, of Kanauga, Ohio, on Feb 22, 2012.

Assistant Prosecutor Eric Mulford says this case is the result of an ongoing problem in the area.

"You will hear a story about what I will refer to as part of the underworld drug culture that exists in our community," Mulford said.

Defense attorney Barbra Wallen stated in her opening argument that the defendant, Corfias, was trying to help his niece, Marr's girlfriend, who had a drug problem along with Marr.

Wallen said that Corfias found Marr unresponsive and actually tried to help.

"There was no time for him to go out with a knife, there was no time for him to throw knives in bushes. This man was trying to save the life of Thomas Marr, not take it" Wallen said.

The first witness called by the prosecution was Dr. Robert Shott of the Montgomery County Coroners Office. Shott testified that the cause of death was the result of a puncture wound to the chest. Shott also testified that the autopsy revealed several different drugs were in Marr's body at the time of death.

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UPDATE 9/19/12
GALLIA COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A man has been indicted and charged with murder in a stabbing that happened in Gallia County in February of this year.

Semaki Corfias, 52, of Gallipolis is charged with murder and tampering with evidence in the stabbing death of Thomas Marr.

Marr was killed at a home in Kanauga in February.

Corfias was already in jail on charges from a meth lab bust when the indictment came down against him.

He was arraigned on the charges on Wednesday.

He is being held on a $500,000 10% bond.

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UPDATE 2/23/12 @ 5:45 p.m.
GALLIA COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) – Today a widow is mourning a loss while dispelling rumors.

Thomas Marr was stabbed to death Wednesday, leaving loved ones, neighbors and police searching for answers.

Gallia County Sheriff Joe Browning said 29-year-old Thomas Marr had been living at a house along Route 7 in Kanauga with his girlfriend.

However, his wife is wanting to set the record straight about her marriage and her man.

“Oh, I was furious,” said Lydia Marr.

Lydia is not happy about reports that her husband, Thomas, was staying with a girlfriend when he was killed at her home in Gallia County. Lydia said he was simply staying with this woman while she stayed with her mother until they could find a place of their own.

“We weren't separated like everybody's saying. We were not separated," Lydia said. "We were seeing each other every other day. We were on the phone 4-5 times a day. I mean we talked constantly.”

But, Thomas's own Facebook page lists his status as Separated.

“The girl was a family friend and she's been a friend for a long time," Lydia said. "I show her no disrespect and I don't feel like it was her fault that it was being reported that she was his girlfriend."

“As it was explained to us, it was a girlfriend/boyfriend type of situation and obviously we have no one else to talk to other than the girl who was living there,” Chief Dick Grau, Gallia County Sheriff’s Department said.

Gallia County sheriff's deputies responded to a 911call Wednesday morning at this home in Kanauga. They found Thomas dead on the family room floor with a stab wound to his chest. Chief Deputy Dick Grau said he wasn't alone. That female friend was there with him.

“She admits she was home, but didn't see or hear anything," Chief Grau said. "What we believe is that she could have been in bed--possibly asleep. We're still trying to put all of that together.”

As for Lydia, she's holding on to the good memories, while also trying to make sense of it all.

“I probably miss his spirit the most and the way he loved everyone. He was a good dad,” Lydia said.

Lydia told WSAZ.com that Thomas got into to arguments with others but she didn't think they were so series it would make someone want to harm him.

The couple had three children together ages 4, 8 and 10. Police are still tracking down leads. They said the home was the source of frequent calls for drug activity.

Investigators ask anyone who may have information, no matter how small it may seem, to call the Gallia County Sheriff's Tipline at 740-446-6555.


UPDATE 2/21/12 @ 10 p.m.
GALLIA COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) – A stabbing took a deadly turn Wednesday, leaving loved ones, neighbors and police searching for answers.

Gallia County Sheriff Joe Browning says 29-year-old Thomas Marr had been living at a house along Route 7 in Kanauga with his girlfriend.

The girlfriend's uncle told deputies he arrived at the home a little before noon Wednesday and found Marr acting distressed with what appeared to be a stab wound to his body.

The uncle called 911, but when EMS arrived, Marr was dead.

"It's a little too close to home,” Jaime Dillon, who lives in the house directly across the street, said. “It's actually nerve-racking."

Dillon says Wednesday’s events don’t come as a surprise.

"It doesn't come as a big shock that something over there would happen,” she said. “Sometimes when the traffic's low you can hear arguments, and there's a lot of traffic that goes in and out of there."

After getting a search warrant, the Sheriff's Department checked out the home and collected evidence. They’re interviewing Marr's girlfriend, who was home at the time, and her uncle to figure out exactly what they saw and what their level of involvement was.

"That's what we're still checking with, trying to obtain statements from them to find out if they witnessed anything or participated," Browning said.

Marr's body was taken for an autopsy report to determine an exact cause of death.



UPDATE 2/21/12 @ 5:27 p.m.
GALLIA COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- The Gallia County Sheriff's Office has released the name of the man who was killed Wednesday in a home on State Route 7 N.

Gallia County Sheriff Joe Browning tells WSAZ.com that Thomas Marr, 29, of Gallia County, died after being stabbed.

Browning says a friend found him in distress in his home on SR 7, just below George's Creek, just before noon on Wednesday. By the time the ambulance arrived, Marr had died.

Browning tells WSAZ.com that Marr had been stabbed.

His body has been sent to the coroner's office.

No other information is being released at this time.

WSAZ has a crew on the scene.

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UPDATE 2/21/12 @ 4:25 p.m.
GALLIA COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Crews on the scene are learning a little more about a death investigation in Gallia County, Ohio.

Gallia County Sheriff Joe Browning tells WSAZ.com that a friend found him just before noon in his house on State Route 7 North, just below George's Creek Road.

Browning says the person called 911, but before the ambulance could get there, the man died.

Browning tells WSAZ.com the man, in his 20s, was stabbed.

They have sent his body to the coroner's office.

His name has not been released.

We have a crew on the scene.

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ORIGINAL STORY 2/21/12 @ 2:10 p.m.
GALLIA COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A death investigation is underway in Gallia County, Ohio.

According to Sheriff Joe Browning, a call came in just before noon from a home on State Route 7 North just below George's Creek.

Browning tells WSAZ.com that a friend found the homeowner in distress and called 911. By the time the ambulance got there, the man had died.

The cause of death has not been determined, but Browning tells WSAZ.com the man was possibly involved in a physical altercation.

The victim's name has not been released.

We have a crew heading to the scene and will continue to update this story as more information is released.


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