04/13/2001

Lawyer moves to dismiss charges in 1964 killing
[Taunton, MA]

April 13, 2001
(TAUNTON, Mass.) – Prosecutors in Massachusetts still hope to try a suspect in a 37-year-old killing in spite of the disappearance of most of the evidence and the death of many witnesses.

Ronald Lee Faustrum, 54, who now lives in a Chicago suburb in Illinois, was indicted last year for the murder of John Markowski. Markowski, 59, was gunned down in 1964 in a robbery at his gas station in Raynham. Investigators from the state police allegedly tied a bloody fingerprint found at the crime scene to Faustrum after the case was reopened a few years ago.

Faustrum denies that he is the killer, and his lawyer, Michael J. Petro of Chicago, has moved to dismiss the charges.

The lot where the gas station stood is now occupied by a Honda dealer, all the police officers who investigated the case in 1964 have died and the gun allegedly used in the killing and the clothing Markowski was wearing when he was shot have vanished. But prosecutors in Bristol County believe they still have enough evidence to win a conviction.

Faustrum was living with relatives in Somerville near Boston in 1964. His lawyer says he has a clean record for the last three decades.

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