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PORTAGE - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today that Curtis Forbes of rural Randolph, Wisconsin was found guilty by a Jefferson County jury sitting in Columbia County Circuit Court with the Honorable Alan White presiding. Curtis Forbes was convicted of having murdered Marilyn McIntyre on March 11, 1980. Marilyn McIntyre was the wife of the defendant's longtime friend.
Forbes was arrested on March 24, 2009 in the cold case murder of Marilyn McIntyre. The trial began on Monday, November 8, 2010 and continued through closing arguments and the beginning of deliberation on Monday, November 15, 2010. Sentencing is scheduled for a later date. Forbes faces life imprisonment.
“I want to congratulate Assistant Attorney General David Wambach on an outstanding job,” said Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen. “This case exemplifies cooperation between law enforcement agencies. It is our mission to assist law enforcement, and to do so with the highest level of professionalism and competence.”
The Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation teamed with the Columbia County Sheriff's Department and Columbus Police Department in a joint investigation. The Wisconsin Department of Justice, Criminal Litigation Unit teamed with the Columbia County District Attorney's office in the prosecution of Forbes.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General David J. Wambach on behalf of the Wisconsin Department of Justice.
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