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Offline Michael

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Prosecutor's remark could mean mistrial in murder case

Marjorie Orbin is on trial in Maricopa County Superior Court, charged with killing her husband, Jay, in 2004, then cutting up his body and dumping it in the desert. She risks the death penalty if convicted.

The trial has been as sexy as a soap opera, with testimony from the lovers she entertained while married and from jailhouse snitches who claimed to have been threatened for talking about Orbin.

But an offhand comment by a veteran prosecutor in front of a witness now threatens to throw the case into mistrial - even to the point that Orbin will walk free and never be tried again.

On Feb. 12, another woman charged in an unrelated murder took the witness stand and under cross-examination recanted earlier statements that Orbin had implicated herself in the murder. During a break, the woman remained in the witness box as her defense attorney, Yvette Gray, stood nearby chatting with Deputy County Attorney Noel Levy, who is prosecuting Orbin.

Levy made a remark to Gray within earshot of the witness, about what the maximum penalty is for a person convicted of perjury - that is, lying under oath.

Gray mentioned the remark to Orbin's defense attorney, Robyn Varcoe, and she and her co-counsel, Herman Alcantar, reported it to the judge.

After consulting with the lawyers, Judge Arthur Anderson decided to let the defense attorneys bring it up on further cross-examination in front of the jury. The witness then said that she felt intimidated by Levy.

Levy characterized the remark as "kibitzing."

But on Tuesday, Alcantar and Varcoe filed a motion for mistrial on the grounds of prosecutorial misconduct. If such a motion were granted, under some circumstances, Orbin could not be retried because of the threat of double jeopardy.

The very next day, one of the jurors criticized Levy in front of the other jurors; Anderson spent that afternoon and part of Thursday afternoon interviewing each of the jurors outside of the courtroom.

The defense attorneys indicated that they also would file a motion for mistrial based on juror misconduct.

http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2009/02/20/20090220orbin0220.html
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Re: Marjorie Orbin, Maricopa County Superior Court - poss. DP
« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2009, 07:40:22 PM »
Call a mistrial already, dismisss the jurors,  get a new prosecutor, get a new trial, and get this bitch convicted! >:(
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Re: Marjorie Orbin, Maricopa County Superior Court - poss. DP
« Reply #2 on: September 03, 2009, 09:44:54 AM »
Sept. 8, 2004, was Jay Orbin's 45th birthday - and the day he died.

His wife, Marjorie, was charged with his death. Wednesday, after an eight-month trial in Maricopa County Superior Court, a jury began deliberating her guilt or innocence.

Jay Orbin, a Phoenix art dealer, had just returned from a long road trip to Florida. Though his computer logs and credit-card and cellphone records showed he probably made it home that day, he was never seen alive again.
"No birthday cake for him," prosecutor Treena Kay said Monday during her closing arguments. "He had another surprise waiting for him on his birthday."

More than a month later, on Oct. 23, 2004, a chunk of his disemboweled torso was found in a desert area of north Phoenix.

"She did buy him some gifts for his birthday: two 50-gallon plastic tubs," Kay said, referring to the storage buckets Marjorie Orbin was seen purchasing on a hardware-store surveillance camera. Jay's torso was later found in one of them, along with a stray .38-caliber bullet; the rest of his body has never been found.

"She wrapped him up like little presents in plastic and tape," Kay said.

Kay then detailed how Marjorie Orbin painted over the garage floor where police and prosecutors think the killing took place, and how she began running up tabs on Jay's credit cards and draining his bank accounts, even buying a grand piano. Jay Orbin made a good living selling Southwestern Indian-style jewelry and other artwork he marketed across the country on road trips.

Marjorie Orbin, 47, was a glamorous platinum blonde who had choreographed and performed in topless Las Vegas-style revues. While Jay was on the road, witnesses testified, Marjorie entertained herself at home by seducing her son's teenage karate instructor and having an affair with a man she met at a gym.

From testimony, it seemed the only thing Marjorie and Jay had in common was Jay's money and a young son adored by both.

The trial began in January, and the original prosecutor, Noel Levy, paraded Marjorie Orbin's lovers, jilted friends and former cellmates across the witness stand.

But the trial stalled, first when defense attorney Herman Alcantar and his co-counsel, Robyn Varcoe, accused Levy of intimidating one witness and of brokering a jail sentence for another. Levy broke his ankle, delaying the trial even further, and then had career-ending emergency surgery.

Kay had to jump in midway through the trial. If that weren't disruption enough, the Phoenix police detective assigned as case agent was suspended from the force for reasons unrelated to the Orbin trial.

In his closing argument on Tuesday, Alcantar accused Kay of making up missing details that no one could know - for example, that Marjorie took Jay's gun out of his briefcase and shot him in the face.

He asked: How could a 135-pound woman lift Jay's 260-pound body by herself? Alcantar pointed the finger at Orbin's body-builder lover, Larry Weisberg, who was granted immunity for his testimony. Alcantar also reiterated arguments that Marjorie could never have accomplished the dismemberment with the short blade of a jigsaw. He hinted that perhaps Marjorie realized at some point that her husband was dead - but still, he said, that did not amount to first-degree murder.

If the jurors return a guilty verdict, they will have to determine whether Marjorie Orbin deserves the death penalty.

http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2009/09/03/20090903orbin0903.html

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Re: Marjorie Orbin, Maricopa County Superior Court - poss. DP
« Reply #3 on: September 03, 2009, 10:44:37 AM »

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Re: Marjorie Orbin Found Guilty in 2004 AZ Murder of Husband, May Face DP
« Reply #4 on: September 15, 2009, 03:44:31 PM »

PHOENIX (AP) -- A woman was convicted Monday in the 2004 death of her husband, a Phoenix art dealer whose body was dismembered.

After an eight-month trial in Maricopa County Superior Court, a jury deliberated for three days before finding 47-year-old Marjorie Orbin guilty of first-degree murder, two counts of fraud and two counts of theft.

The trial resumes Monday to determine whether she deserves the death penalty in the slaying of 45-year-old Jay Orbin.

Prosecutors say Orbin's torso was discovered stuffed in a rubber tub left in the north Phoenix desert in October 2004 but his arms, legs, head and shoulders were never found.

Authorities say they believe Orbin was killed on Sept. 8, 2004 after he returned from a long road trip to Florida.

Though his computer logs and credit-card and cellphone records showed he probably made it home that day, authorities say Orbin was never seen alive again.

http://www.fox11az.com/news/topstories/stories/kmsb20090915jc-phoenix-woman-convicted-huspand-sal.181bbba07.html


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Re: Marjorie Orbin Found Guilty in 2004 AZ Murder of Husband, May Face DP
« Reply #5 on: September 15, 2009, 04:58:34 PM »
Surely she did not do this by herself?? She must be or has to be a very strong and cold cold heartless, evil woman to do that to someone. I do not see how she could handle a grown man as far as strength wise. She had to be able to pick his body up by herself. In her picture she does not look like that big of a woman. Crazy i know !!
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Re: Marjorie Orbin Found Guilty in 2004 AZ Murder of Husband, May Face DP
« Reply #6 on: September 15, 2009, 06:06:49 PM »
Surely she did not do this by herself?? She must be or has to be a very strong and cold cold heartless, evil woman to do that to someone. I do not see how she could handle a grown man as far as strength wise. She had to be able to pick his body up by herself. In her picture she does not look like that big of a woman. Crazy i know !!


She was a pole dancer, she probably has significant upper body strenghth.  ;)

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Re: Marjorie Orbin Found Guilty in 2004 AZ Murder of Husband, May Face DP
« Reply #7 on: September 15, 2009, 08:02:24 PM »
She looks like on of those trolls where you squeeze them and there eyes pop out.

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Re: Marjorie Orbin Found Guilty in 2004 AZ Murder of Husband, Spared DP
« Reply #8 on: September 30, 2009, 09:22:40 PM »
A Maricopa County Superior Court jury on Wednesday spared Marjorie Orbin the death penalty in the 2004 murder of her husband. A judge will determine the length of her prison sentence.

On Sept. 14, the same jury had found Orbin, 47, guilty of first-degree murder, two counts each of fraud and theft on Sept. 14.

Police and prosecutors said they believe Orbin murdered Jay, 45, in September 2004 after he returned from a weeks-long business trip to Florida, selling Native American-style art and jewelry.

A cause of death was never determined, and all that was found of his body was a disemboweled chunk from his breastbone to his knees stuffed into a 50-gallon plastic tub. Marjorie Orbin was caught on a hardware-store surveillance video purchasing two such plastic tubs.

http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2009/09/30/20090930orbin1001-on.html

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Re: Marjorie Orbin Found Guilty in 2004 AZ Murder of Husband, Spared DP
« Reply #9 on: September 30, 2009, 09:53:28 PM »
pfttt..She did it, we know she did it! I just don't understand why sentencing is so soft on female murderers. Honestly, we are really not the weaker of the species!

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Re: Marjorie Orbin Found Guilty in 2004 AZ Murder of Husband, Spared DP
« Reply #10 on: October 01, 2009, 02:29:14 AM »
This must be some typ eof privilege for the ladies.

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