Guilty plea enteredPublished 8:59pm Friday, July 24, 2009
A six-month long investigation by the Michigan State Police Niles Post into the murder of Richard Burton Marbeiter came to end today when Edward Wawask Depoy entered a guilty plea in the courtroom of Judge Schofield.
Depoy agreed to enter a guilty plea of second degree murder with additional charges of larceny over $20,000 and uttering and publishing charges.
Depoy was first arrested on March 3, in South Bend, Ind. on absconder charges. After waiving extradition, he was transported back to the Niles Law Enforcement Complex in Niles.
On March 4, he was interviewed by Detective Sergeant Fabian Suarez, who eventually obtained a confession from Depoy as being the person responsible for the murder of Marbeiter. Depoy eventually agreed to take investigators back to the Marbeiter farm, where he led them to a decomposing body. An eventual autopsy and the use of dental records helped identify the deceased as the missing person Richard Burton Marbeiter.
Sentencing has been scheduled for Sept. 14, at 8:30 a.m.