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Marion Gales, a suspect in the 1990 killing of activist Kim Thomas, is in trouble again

By Fred Clasen-Kelly
frkelly@charlotteobserver.com

Marion Anthony Gales, a suspect in the high-profile 1990 killing of Charlotte activist Kim Thomas, is facing legal trouble again.

Gales, 51, has pleaded guilty to second-degree burglary, larceny after breaking or entering and being a habitual felon in connection with a 2008 break-in, Mecklenburg County prosecutors said Friday.

A judge sentenced him to a minimum of 10 years and a maximum of 12 years and nine months in prison.

Gales is already serving a prison sentence for voluntary manslaughter in the death of LaCoya Monique Martin, whose shirtless body was found facedown next to a house on Oaklawn Avenue on April 6, 2008.

That prison term likely will end in 2015.

Prosecutors said Gales will begin his new prison sentence at that time.

Gales is best known as a suspect in the murder of Thomas, who was found dead in her home the morning of July 27, 1990. Her assailant cuffed her hands behind her back, chased her through the house, slashed her more than 20 times and then left her bleeding on the dining room floor.

Thomas’ husband, prominent Charlotte kidney surgeon Dr. Ed Friedland, was charged in 1994 with the killing, but the charge was later dismissed because of insufficient evidence.

Gales, who did yard work for Thomas, denied that he committed the crime. Police never charged him.

But Friedland filed a wrongful death lawsuit in civil court against Gales, alleging that Gales had killed his wife. A jury in 1997 agreed and ordered Gales to pay Friedland $8.6 million.

Clasen-Kelly: 704 358-5027
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