WAPAKONETA — The second person charged in connection with the 1981 death of a St. Marys man has retained an attorney and his case is moving forward.
During a court hearing Friday morning in Auglaize County Common Pleas Court, Tracy W. Mabry, 51, of Celina, appeared with John Leahy, who appeared on behalf of Charles Slicer. Leahy indicted Slicer’s office will serve as Mabry’s defense counsel during the case. Visiting Judge Reginald Routson, who is presiding over the case because Common Pleas Judge Frederick Pepple recused himself, proceeded with the arraignment and Mabry indicted his wish to plead innocent to one count of aggravated murder.
Leahy also requested a waiver of speedy trial to provide his office ample time to prepare for the case — a request Routson approved. If the request was not made, a trial date would have been set for early September. A pretrial date will be scheduled at a later date.
Leahy also requested discovery from the prosecuting attorney’s office. Auglaize County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Ben Elder provided Leahy with more than a thousand pages of discovery material as well as a thumb drive, which included video and audio files. Leahy also acknowledged his obligation to provide Elder with discovery material when it becomes available.
Mabry is currently being held on a $1 million cash bond for his alleged involvement in the death of Marcellus Reineke in October 1981.
In May, Paul Hoover, 52, of Florida, was sentenced to serve seven to 25 years in prison on one count of involuntary manslaughter for his role in Reineke’s death.
Hoover was initially indicted on one count of aggravated murder but reached a plea agreement in the case.
Reineke, 71, was a retired farmer who was found dead inside his home at 229 S. West St., St. Marys, on Oct. 15, 1981.
According to previous reports published in The Evening Leader, Reineke reportedly died from stab wounds, including wounds to his heart, and there also reportedly was a fire at the residence.
The investigation into the matter remains open. Anyone with information should contact the police department at 419-394-2325.