EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSEXCLUSIVE: CO-WORKER'S CONFESSION
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Shoe Salesman's Chilling Confession Released After Murder Plea
Reported by: Leslie Rubin
Videographer: Leslie Rubin/Troy Morgan
Web Producer: Leslie Rubin
Reported: Dec. 19, 2012 11:21 PM EST
Updated: Dec. 19, 2012 11:41 PM EST
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
A chilling confession by a co-worker turned killer. Kathy Goble's family is getting their first feelings of justice, as the man accused in her murder pleads guilty.
Eyewitness News has exclusively obtained a copy of the taped confession by Charles March. A confession that closed a two year missing person's mystery.
After two court hearings on Wednesday, March finally went through with a plea deal. He's now guilty of first degree murder for the killing and dismemberment of his Kelley's Mens Shop co-worker, Kathy Goble.
March went against the advice of his lawyer and pleaded guilty to the capital offense. In return, the state dropped the concealment of a human body charge. Under the plea, March did not have to go on the record and lay out a factual basis for the crime, instead the state and Detective Sean Snuffer testified to the facts of the case.
In gruesome details talked about in open court for the first time, Snuffer testified that March confessed to tying Goble to his bed with neckties, strangling her, dismembering her in his bathtub with a saw, and burying her body parts beside of his trailer in Chesapeake.
His son discovered the remains two years and one day after her disappearance.
March claimed in court that the killing was "unintentional."
Not played in court today was that video taped confession made by March to the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office on the day of his arrest.
He willingly gave a statement to police, but at the time, he was not aware that Goble's dismembered body had been found buried in his yard.
"Charlie, right now, we're up at your house and we're executing some search warrants. Do you know what that would be about?" asked Det. Snuffer.
"No," he calmly responded.
For several minutes, March denied knowing anything about Goble's disappearance and one day before his eventual arrest, but it didn't take long for Snuffer to get him to crack, and without any more hesitation, he came clean.
"I feel evil about this. I dismembered her and buried her," March said.
"Where did you bury her?" asked Snuffer.
"The back yard," he responded.
Most of the details are too graphic for publication, but March claims throughout the confession that Goble wanted him to kill her. However, investigators say no evidence was ever found to support that claim.
"I know the world is going to look at me as evil and I guess I am," he said.
"How did you cut her up?" asked Snuffer.
"I did it in the bathtub."
"In the house?" asked the detective.
"Which I couldn't do it that night. Couldn't do it that night. I just cut her up and wrapped her in a blanket. Took her out and said a prayer and buried her," March said.
"What did you use to cut her up?" asked Snuffer.
"A handsaw," March answered.
Calmly explaining to Snuffer how he executed the murder, he explained that he didn't get rid of the evidence because in the back of his mind he said he wanted to get caught.
"It all just seems like something that you've seen on television. Everything just went like 'boom, boom, boom.' I'm thinking, 'why?' It's hard for me to believe, it's actually hard for me to believe," he said.
For two years March went to work and acted like nothing happened.
"I'm really glad this is all over," he said during the confession.
March will be sentenced in January. Judge Duke Bloom will decide if he will get mercy, which would make him eligible for parole in 15 years.
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