DA: Dead man’s wife forges will to cut her mother-in-law out of it


Raymond Zachry’s widow, Darlene Miller Zachry a/k/a/ Zachery forged his will soon after his death on September 25, 2007.  It has taken four years and 11 months for a sentencing for the 51 charges of forgery, perjury, conspiracy and more.  but the DA let the widow Zachry/Zachery plea to only one charge of perjury, a felony of the third degree bearing up to seven years in jail.

The court further allowed an “open guilty plea” for the felony charge and a possible sentence of probation or jail for 9 months.  The “open guilty” plea supposedly means the court is not bound to an agreement on a sentence.

Our nearly five-year history of the judicial selective prosecution in Pennsylvania makes the probability that the four will walk greater than facing a sentence.

There are three co-conspirators in the case, they are scheduled for another pre-sentence conference in court on September 17, 2012 in Montgomery County…

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Marie Robards was a high school honor student considered a real beauty by classmates. She was old enough to drive an automobile, and almost old enough to vote when she served a sufficient amount of barium to her father with his dinner that he died within a few hours.

She should have been content enjoying her high school years and popularity; not plotting to murder one of her parents.

Robards was devastated when her parents separated, then divorced; subsequently her mother remarried and Marie did not get along with her step-father. That was the motivation Marie gave prosecutors for killing her father, Steven Robards.

Soon after eating his evening meal Steven became ill and started throwing up. Marie went to a neighbor, Sandra Hudgins and asked for her help.  Marie stayed behind and visited with her son while the neighbor went to check on Steven.

Marie Robards later admitted she…

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We used Rethinking Gender, Crime, and Justice edited by Renzetti, Goodstein, and Miller, followed by Violence Against Women: The Bloody Footprints edited by Bart and Moran. These were followed by The Female Offender by Chesney-Lind and Pasko, Belknap’s classic The Invisible Woman, and last, but not least, Blood on Her Hands: Women Who Murder by Bailey and Hale.

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