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Convicted Fla. Serial Killer Once Again Guilty

Convicted Fla. serial killer once again guilty – Florida Wires –

The Associated Press
TAMPA, Fla. — A convicted serial killer has once again been convicted in the 1986 fatal stabbing of a Tampa area woman.
A Hillsborough County jury found 50-year-old Oscar Ray Bolin Jr. guilty Thursday of second-degree murder. Previous first-degree murder convictions and death sentences in the killing of 25-year-old Natalie Blanche Holley were overturned on appeal, so prosecutors this time went for the lesser charge.
While receiving only a life sentence for Holley’s murder, Bolin already has death sentences for the 1986 murders of 26-year-old Teri Lynn Matthews and 17-year-old Stephanie Collins.

Seems that Oscar did not have such a great relationship with his ex-wife. Surprised?

Surprised that she would testify against him? I’m am, not because she did the right thing trying to help get a killer locked away. I was surprised that she was able to testify against him since she is dead.


A dead woman testified in a two-decade-old murder trial in Hillsborough County on Wednesday.

Cheryl Jo Coby, the ex-wife of serial killer Oscar Ray Bolin, died in 1992 (of diabetes), but a taped deposition allowed Coby to provide testimony bring a conviction for Bolin in the 1986 murder of Natalie Holley.

Bolin is on trial for the fourth time in the Holley murder. Past convictions and death sentences in the case
have been overturned on appeal.

Bolin remains on death row for two other murders.

In court Thursday, jurors watched Coby’s deposition on a television as she testified about Bolin’s actions at their home, shortly after Holley was murdered.

“He was changing his shoes,” Coby told prosecutors in the video.

“Did that cause you to notice anything about his shoes that he was first wearing?” the prosecutor asked.

“Yes,” Coby said. “There was blood on his shoes.”

Coby talked of a purse Bolin had with him at their home that night. Coby said she got in the car with Bolin and they drove to a highway. Then, Coby said, Bolin threw the purse and shoes out the window. She said Bolin thoroughly washed the car the day after the murder.

Bolin’s attorneys said Coby couldn’t see very well because she was legally blind. And defense attorneys also pointed to the Crimestopper reward money Coby received after providing information to detectives.

Coby’s testimony wasn’t the only testimony jurors heard Wednesday. Bolin’s cousin took the stand and stated Bolin confessed to him.

“He asked if I had heard about the girl from Church’s Chicken; they found her dead,” Frank Bolin said.

“And what did the defendant say after that?” the state prosecutor asked.

“He said, ‘I did that girl,'” Frank Bolin said.

The state attorney showed a suicide letter that Oscar Ray Bolin allegedly wrote. The words were blown up for jurors to read.

The suicide note read, “If there’s anything else you really want to know about then you’ll have to ask Cheryl Jo, because she knew just about everything that I was ever a part of. She knew about this homicide which I’m charged with, because it was her idea on how to dump the body out.”

Cheryl Jo is Bolin’s ex-wife.

I hope that the sentence sticks this time, that there is not some miniscule issue that sets this back into motion.
I also hope that the sentence of death is put through soon. It is time to stop playing games with this ‘man’.

Oscar Ray Bolin: Rosalie Martinez supports husband at his latest trial for 1986 fatal stabbing | Mail Online

Oscar Ray Bolin: Rosalie Martinez supports husband at his latest trial for 1986 fatal stabbing | Mail Online.

This is a horrible story all the way around.

A public defender who left her husband to marry a serial killer on death row has appeared by his side as he goes on trial for a 1986 killing.

Rosalie Martinez met killer Oscar Ray Bolin Jr., 50, after working with him on one of his rape and murder cases in 1995 and married him soon after.

He is now on trial in Florida for the fourth time in the murder of Natalie Blanche Holley, a 25-year-old who was stabbed eight times in 1986.

It is the 10th time he has been on trial for attacking and killing three women in Tampa: Holley, Stephanie Collins and Terri Matthews.

The former truck driver has been convicted nine times, but he’s been retried three times in the Matthews and Collins cases.

Every time he goes to trial she is there to support him! How? Why? Each of his previous convictions were overturned on b.s. technicalities, not a lack of proof. 
Yet Rosalie Martinez decided to leave her husband, lose her kids and marry him.

In 1995, public defender Rosalie Martinez was married to a prominent lawyer, with whom she had four young daughters. Then she met Oscar Ray Bolin, Jr.

The convicted serial killer was already on death row in Florida when she visited him in his cell to talk about his case.

‘I felt his isolation, his confinement, his loneliness. It affected me because I felt the same way. And it left me breathless,’ she told the L.A. Times.

She accepted that he had pleaded guilty to a gunpoint rape, but was adamant he was no killer, and was desperate to prove his innocence.

Because raping someone at gun point is such a far leap from killing someone. Stupid, stupid, stupid!

Martinez became estranged from her family and quit the public defender’s office after jail officials said she had sex with Bolin in his cell.

Yes, she quit her job before she was fired for having sex with a rapist and killer in his jail cell! Beyond stupid! This is groupie actions.

In 1996, the pair married over the phone, whiles she was in a Gainesville, Florida apartment and he was in jail, she told the L.A. Times.

She stood by his side and helped defend him through the trials for the murders of Natalie Holley, Terri Matthews and Stephanie Collins.

Despite a public showing of affection at his early re-trials, she has since expressed doubts that she should have married him.

She told the Tampa Bay Times that the marriage was not out of attraction, but was a ‘great personal sacrifice’ to bring attention to what she believed was a terrible injustice.

I am calling Bull here, she choose to have sex with him in his cell, which meant her giving up job and destroying her family. Now all of a sudden she is trying to play the role of some kind of  martyr??? Bull!

Asked if she would do it again, she said: ‘Let’s just say I’d tweak it.’

But she maintains his innocence: ‘It’s not Oscar’s fault he’s here a fourth time,’ she said at the jury selection on Monday.


No, it is his fault, he killed those girls and won’t even ‘fess to it. It is all his fault.
Serial killer groupies are one thing that I will never understand.
As far as the trial, he is not up for death here, he is already on death row.

Three previous convictions and two death sentences for Holley’s murder did not survive appeals. Bolin has been brought back from death row for a fourth attempt at a Holley conviction that sticks. It’s no longer a death penalty case. The charge is second-degree murder.

It’s not unusual to prosecute death row inmates for other crimes that don’t carry the death penalty. Reasons include the unpredictable outcome of many death penalty cases, the heinous nature of the offenses and the desire for justice on behalf of the victims’ families.



As far as Bolin, in case you are worried about him:

Although Bolin has developed diabetes on death row, he looked fit and groomed Monday. He has physically outlasted Holley’s mother, who sat through his previous trials, as did mothers of Bolin’s other two victims. Holley’s mother is now ailing and uses a wheelchair, unable to attend trial No. 4.

She had always hoped for the death penalty.

The rest of this article is here.


Damn shame he is in better shape than the mother of the girl he killed.

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