Thien Rejects Deal-Trial set for February
by Sammy Edmonds
posted Nov 27 2013 10:17AM
A Marion man accused of kidnapping and killing his ex-girlfriend earlier this year and dumping her body along a Marion street has rejected a potential plea agreement and his case will now proceed to trial.
During a tense courtroom appearance today in Grant County Circuit Court, 28-year old Zachary Thien rejected a plea agreement and will now stand trial on Murder and Kidnapping charges in February of next year. More than a dozen law enforcement officers were in the courtroom because of threats made against Thien by friends and family of victim Megan Chipman
But after Thien rejected the plea agreement, Grant County Prosecutor Jim Luttrull Junior filed to seek a sentence of Life in Prison without the Possibility of Parole. Luttrull cited mitigating circumstances that Thien had kidnapped Chipman from her Montpelier home last January, then drove to Marion where he fatally shot her and dumped her body along State Road 18 near the Hotel Marion.
Also, Defense Attorney David Glickfield withdrew from the case. A public defender will now be appointed to defend Thien.