Matthew Marshall guilty of murdering, dismembering father

Posted at 7:25 AM, Oct 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-14 07:25:21-04

LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- The Cape Coral man accused of savagely killing his own father has been found guilty.

The jury reached a verdict Thursday evening after more than three hours of deliberations.

Investigators say Matthew Marshall -- who represented himself during his trial -- dismembered his father Rick Marshall and then hid his body parts near his condo earlier this year.

Earlier in the day, on Day 3 of the trial, it didn't take long for clothes to start coming off.  Court isn't usually the time or the place for undressing, but that was Marshall's attempt to prove he didn't kill and dismember his father's body.

Representing himself, Marshall called his brother Jordan to the stand, asking him a series of questions -- including when Jordan began taking legal steps to remove him from their father's will.  "After you were charged with the murder. (Can you provide a date?)  Specifically, I do not remember. It's been a very trying year."

And it was a trying time for Marshall as he fumbled through questions to his brother on their father's life insurance policy.

Marshall also struggled when trying to admit admit pieces of evidence that the prosecution called speculative and the judge just wouldn't allow.

He did not decide to get a lawyer or have a public defender, even after the judge mentioned he still had the option at the beginning of Thursday's proceedings.

Marshall was also found guilty of abusing a dead body, tampering with evidence, and credit card fraud. The latter charge stemming from Marshall using his father's credit card the day he was murdered.

Marshall is expected to be sentenced in November.