The legal saga of Oscar Ray Bolin, who was convicted of murdering three women nearly 30 years ago and famously married a woman on his legal defense team, will come to an end this Thursday at 6pm in a Florida State Prison. Bolin, 53, faces execution unless an appeals court or the U.S. Supreme Court steps in. Bolin has been convicted ten times by ten juries over the years, and seen decisions in three separate trials reversed at least twice by appeal courts, for the kidnap and murder of three young women in the Tampa area in separate incidents over the course of a year. Bolin, already serving a 22- to 75-year prison sentence in Ohio for the kidnap and rape of a 20-year-old waitress, was accused of the crimes after a tip came from the new husband of Bolin’s ex-wife. Bolin’s ex-wife claims that Bolin told her about the killings in 1986.
In a twist to the tale, Bolin and Rosalie Martinez — a paralegal working on his case who was married to a prominent Tampa attorney — fell in love over the course of the trials. Martinez divorced her husband, abandoning custody of her four daughters to do so, and married Bolin on live TV in prison in 1996. She and Bolin continue to protest Bolin’s innocence, saying that the crime was committed by an inmate who confessed but later committed suicide.
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