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xx Janet March - Aug. 16, 1996 - TN
« Thread started on: Nov 27th, 2005, 11:24am »

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Female/White, 5'4", 104 lbs., brown hair, brown eyes, other
DOB: February 20, 1963
Tennessee Drivers License #: 53097502
NCIC#: M956251899

Janet March has been missing since August 15, 1996, and foul play is suspected. The last person reportedly seeing her is her husband Perry March. There has been no contact from Janet March to her relatives or family including her children. Janet March's vehicle was also reported as missing but was located in Nashville, TN on September 7, 1996. The vehicle, a 1996 gray Volvo 850 4-door, license # 844-CBD was located at 131 Brixworth Lane, The Brixworth Apartments.

The family of Janet March is offering a reward of $50,000.

There is also a Crime Stopper reward of $1000.

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xx Perry March pleads not guilty in conspiracy case
« Reply #1 on: Dec 3rd, 2005, 3:39pm »

By SHEILA BURKE
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Former Nashville attorney Perry March pleaded not guilty this morning to one count of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and two counts of solicitation to commit first-degree murder.

He was arraigned in Davidson County Criminal Court before Judge Steve Dozier. He appeared by videconference from the Metro Jail. March was previously indicted for murder in connection with the 1996 disappearance of his wife, Janet March, whose body has never been found. The charges he faced today were additional charges of conspiracy to murder Janet March's parents.

Perry March's next court appearance is set for Nov. 17, to discuss setting a trial date on the Janet March murder case and to hear motions on a separate theft case.

Perry March's father, Arthur, is also charged with conspiracy. He is fighting extradition from Mexico, and has won the right to a hearing.

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xx Ex-attorney Perry March arrested on murder charges
« Reply #2 on: Dec 17th, 2005, 10:04pm »

It's been nearly nine years since Janet March disappeared from her upscale Nashville home. Authorities who have since tried to solve the case said Wednesday they had arrested her husband on charges of second-degree murder.

Nashville police had long ago identified Perry March, a former attorney, as a suspect when his wife disappeared in August, 1996.

March also was charged with abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence, local and federal authorities announced at a news conference. The murder charge carries a sentence of 15-25 years, they said.

March is in custody in Los Angeles, awaiting return to Nashville, authorities said.

"This is a case that has remained on the radar of the police department, albeit a bit behind the scenes," Metro Police Chief Ronal Serpas said.

Metro Police, FBI agents in Nashville and Mexico and officials with the U.S. Attorney's office collaborated in the murder investigation and arrest of March. The officials released few details about the investigation, except to say March was indicted in December.

The History of the Janet Levine March Case

This case is a mystery that has haunted Nashville for nearly a decade. Janet March was a pretty, 33-year-old mother and painter when she disappeared without a trace.

"She was quite a celebrated artist," said Janet's brother Mark Levine in 2002. "She was just beginning."

Perry March was an attorney in a law firm with Janet's father. With two children, they appeared to be living an all-American life. But everything changed nine years ago, when Janet disappeared from her Nashville home, and Perry March became a "person of interest" to the police. Despite numerous searches on land and in the water, folowing every lead, detectives never found a body. And Perry March, never charged in the case, moved to Mexico and remarried.

"If I want to stay in Mexico, I will stay...and I don't see why I would leave," he said in January, 2002 in Guadalajara, Mexico. "I love it here."

A bitter legal tug-of-war ensued over the two children and Janet's estate. March eventually won custody of the children, Sammy and Zsporia, and they joined him in Mexico. Then with Janet officially declared dead, her parents, Lawrence and Carolyn Levine, last year gained control over her $500,000 estate, and succeeded in having her former husband disinherited. In September, a judge found Perry March liable for Janet's wrongful death and handed down a $6 million judgement against him, payable to the Levines.

Perry March had been threatened with deportation four years ago. He told News 2 a few months later that Mexican authorities had suspended the order.

What's Next for Perry March?

Authorities are being tight lipped about whether or not Perry March is back on U.S. soil. He will be held in Los Angeles until he can be extradicted back to Nashville. That process could take days or weeks if march chooses to fight the proceedings.

When News 2 got word Perry March had been arrested, a call was placed to his wife Carmen in Mexico. When asked if she was with her husband when he was arrested, she said she was not, and that it did not happen at their home. She also said that she wasn't aware her husband was about to be arrested, and that she didn't knonw anything about the charges. She did say that the March children are with her in Mexico, and that she hopes to speak with her husband later wednesday.
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xx March trial schedule set
« Reply #3 on: Dec 17th, 2005, 10:05pm »

Perry March will be tried on murder-for-hire charges June 5, 2006, two months before he stands trial Aug. 7 for the second-degree murder of his wife, Janet Levine March.

Before the murder cases go to a jury, the defendant and former attorney will be tried Apr. 17 on charges that he stole tens of thousands of dollars from his previous law firm.

Davidson County Criminal Court Judge Steve Dozier approved the trial schedule Thursday, but delayed ruling on a motion to dismiss the theft charges. March’s attorney in that case, Edward Fowlkes, argued that his client has been denied the right to due process and a speedy trial.

March and his father, Arthur March, face a three-count grand jury indictment that they conspired to have March’s former in-laws, Carolyn and Lawrence Levine of Nashville, murdered while Perry March was in jail.

That trial on charges of conspiracy and solicitation to commit first-degree murder is anticipated to last only three to four days and involve fewer witnesses than the murder trial, said Deputy District Attorney Tom Thurman.

Perry March has pleaded not guilty to the murder-for-hire. It’s not clear whether his father will be tried with him. Arthur March remains in Mexico under an extended visa, prompting prosecutors to pursue extradition procedures.

Prosecutors claim that, while in jail, Perry March solicited Russell Nathaniel Farris to murder the Levines and that the elder March made arrangements to support Farris in Mexico.

Thurman has declined to comment on the taped evidence that he intends to present in that case and the witnesses involved.

Another of March’s attorneys, William Massey, said the defense team is still reviewing the evidence turned over by the prosecution. He was amenable to the conspiracy case being tried first.

“It has to be dealt with one way or another, so we might just as well get it out of the way,” Massey said.

Perry March is being held in jail on $3 million bond on charges of second-degree murder, abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence in connection with the 1996 disappearance of his wife, whose body has never been found.

That murder trial could last two weeks and could involve 65 to 70 witnesses, Thurman said.

Before the murder indictments, a grand jury indicted March in 1999 on charges that he stole $10,000 to $60,000 from the firm of Levine, Mattson, Orr & Geracioti between May 1996 and August 1998. March contends the money he took was owed to him by the firm.

Fowlkes contended that the District Attorney’s Office tried to gain a tactical advantage by waiting more than a year and until March moved to Mexico before seeking indictment on the theft charges. He said March was denied the opportunity to gather evidence in his defense

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xx Alleged Hitman Faces Judge on Assault Charges
« Reply #4 on: Dec 17th, 2005, 10:06pm »

The alleged hit man police say Perry hired to kill his former in-laws, Russell Farris was in court Wednesday, on charges he attacked a man in jail.


He’s the key witness for the prosecution in the murder conspiracy case against Perry March.

Dan Alexander is one of the lawyers representing Perry and Arthur March. Alexander says Farris's antics in the jail where he was taken for his own protection raise more questions about his credibility as a witness, and he plans to use it against him in court.

“Isn't it sad their star witness can't behave in jail?” asked Alexander.

Prosecutors have kept Farris under wraps, but on Wednesday, he was in open court to face charges.

Farris went before judge Al Nations in Williamson County. He had been an inmate with Perry March in the Davidson County jail while awaiting trial on several felony charges.

Farris wore a wire and prosecutors say they have tape recordings of Perry hiring Farris to kill his former in-laws Lawrence and Carolyn Levine.

That evidence led a Grand jury to indict Perry and his father Arthur. Farris, labeled a snitch, was moved to the Williamson County jail for his own protection, but earlier this month he attacked David Rosser, a fellow inmate.

According to the affidavit, Farris was mouthing off about Rosser and then punched him in the face.

Farris pleaded guilty to assault and attorneys for Perry and Arthur March say this further erodes his credibility.

“You may know Nick that anything Mr. Farris does we'll take careful note of, including this very special act,” said Dan Alexander, Arthur March’s Attorney.

Prosecutors certainly would prefer that Farris kept a low profile, but they doubt this assault charge will affect the March case.

They say Farris's credibility is a non-issue. The key evidence will be the audio tapes of Perry and Arthur trying to hire Farris to kill Lawrence and Carolyn Levine.

Prosecutors say the tapes will speak for themselves
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xx March's dad nabbed in Mexico
« Reply #5 on: Jan 6th, 2006, 9:45pm »

By CHRISTIAN BOTTORFF
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Mexican immigration officials yesterday deported Arthur March, who is accused by Davidson County prosecutors of thrusting himself into his son's criminal problems by plotting to kill his former daughter-in-law's parents, authorities said.

Arthur March, 77, the father of former Nashville lawyer Perry March, proved true to his promise that he would not go peacefully if authorities tried to take him from his adopted hometown of Ajijic, Mexico, to face conspiracy charges in the U.S.

"It was not without incident. There was a struggle," said Tom Thurman, the Davidson County deputy district attorney general who is prosecuting the case. He refused to elaborate.

By late afternoon, Arthur March had been placed on an airplane in Guadalajara, about an hour from Ajijic, in the custody of FBI agents, local authorities said.

He was flown to Houston, where he appeared before a judge. He could be brought to Nashville in as few as 10 days if he agrees to waive extradition. But that is unlikely to happen, according to his Nashville lawyer, Fletcher Long, who said his client plans to fight extradition.

Perry March has been jailed in Nashville since his own deportation in August. He is accused of killing his first wife, Janet, who disappeared without a trace in 1996.

Perry March, who has maintained his innocence, moved to Ajijic in 1999 and had lived there until being deported.

It was while Perry March was in jail, authorities said, that he and Arthur March plotted to hire an assassin to kill Lawrence and Carolyn Levine, Janet's parents.

According to an October indictment, Perry March tried to hire fellow Metro Jail inmate Russell Nathaniel Farris. Later, prosecutors have said, Farris placed a call to Arthur March claiming that the killings had been completed and asking to be picked up from the Guadalajara airport as agreed.

Arthur March agreed to pick up Farris, authorities said.

Arthur March has said he is innocent of the charges and denied any knowledge of the murder-for-hire plot.

After the indictment, Arthur March scoffed at requests from local prosecutors that he surrender and return to Nashville. As a result, local authorities had begun the long process of trying to extradite him from Mexico, but the process had not been completed by the time of his arrest yesterday.

Long, Arthur March's lawyer, called the deportation and arrest yesterday unexpected.

"Of course, we haven't heard from our client. We didn't see this coming."

The reason for his deportation by Mexican authorities yesterday was not immediately clear. Thurman would not say whether the deportation was prompted by efforts of authorities in the U.S.

Arthur March's arrest is the latest development in a saga that has included numerous court battles between the families of Perry and Janet March.

If Arthur March fights extradition, it could be months, at the earliest, before he is returned to Nashville to face the conspiracy case, experts said

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xx Judge denies new civil trial in case of Janet Marc
« Reply #6 on: Jan 25th, 2006, 6:27pm »

By SHEILA BURKE
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Davidson County judge today denied a request by relatives of murder defendant Perry March for a new trial, following their defeat last year in a civil case over money and items from the former Nashville lawyer's missing wife's estate.

In September, a jury ordered March's brother, sister and brother-in-law to pay up more than $222,000 to the parents of Janet Levine March, who has been missing since August 1997.




The missing woman's parents, Lawrence and Carolyn Levine, sued their former son-in-law's relatives claiming they took money and personal items from their daughter's estate after Perry March moved from Nashville to Illinois.

The Levine and March families have had a long, bitter history with legal battles and custody fights over Janet and Perry March's two children. The children, ages 15 and 11, currently reside with the Levines in Nashville.

Perry March and his father, Arthur, are accused of hatching a plot to kill the Levines. Perry March has pleaded not guilty to the accusations and his father's lawyer says the older man intends to do the same.

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xx Father says former Nashville attorney killed wife
« Reply #7 on: Feb 6th, 2006, 7:34pm »

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The father of a former Nashville attorney charged in the murder of his wife told investigators that his son killed her with a wrench in 1996 and he helped his son hide the body, attorneys said under terms of a plea deal discussed in court Monday.


Perry March is charged with second-degree murder and abuse of a corpse. Authorities have been looking for the body of his wife Janet March ever since her husband reported her missing in August 1996.

Both Perry March and his father, Arthur March, were charged in October with conspiracy to murder Janet March's parents, Lawrence and Carolyn Levine.

In court Monday, Arthur March pleaded guilty to conspiracy to murder and aiding and abetting his son. In exchange for his cooperation, he will serve 18 months in prison with three years of supervised release.

The father had recently been helping authorities in the murder investigation, and a WSMV-TV video crew filmed March as he traveled to a farm near Bowling Green, Ky., Friday with two Nashville detectives and Assistant District Attorney Tom Thurman.

Details of exactly where Janet March's may be located were not discussed in court Monday.
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« Reply #8 on: Feb 7th, 2006, 3:50pm »

The following transcript details what was presented in Federal court on Monday, Feb. 6, and helped lead to Arthur March's plea deal.

Beginning in or about August 2005, and continuing up to and including October 27, 2005, in the Middle District of Tennessee and elsewhere, Arthur March, with the intent that another person engage in conduct constituting a felony that has as an element the use, attempted use, or threatened use of physical force against the person of another in violation of the laws of the United States, and under circumstances strongly corroborative of that intent, did solicit, command, induce, and endeavor to persuade another person to engage in such conduct, that is Interstate Murder for Hire in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1958; all in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 373 and 2.
Perry March was married to Janet March, the daughter of Carolyn and Lawrence Levine. Janet March disappeared in August 1996. Sometime in September of 1996, Perry March confided in Arthur March that he killed Janet March during an argument in their Forrest Hills home. Specifically, Perry March told Arthur March that he struck Janet March in the head with a wrench during an argument. Arthur March assisted Perry March in disposing of Janet March’s body.

In 1999, Perry March moved to Mexico. Arthur March, Perry March's father, was already residing in Mexico at that time, where he remained until January 2006. In December 2004, a Davidson County Grand Jury returned a three count indictment charging Perry March with second degree murder, mutilation of a corpse, and destroying evidence in connection with the death of Janet March.

On or about August 3, 2005, Perry March was deported from Mexico and was flown to Los Angeles, California. He waived state extradition proceedings and was transferred to Tennessee. Perry March arrived in Nashville on or about August 12, 2005, and is being held without bail in the Metropolitan Nashville Davidson County Jail.

While in jail, Perry March struck up a friendship with an individual (hereinafter referred to as “Individual A”) who was awaiting trial on three counts of attempted murder. Perry March and Individual A met each other on the first night of Perry March's incarceration. Over time, Perry March and Individual A began speaking more frequently. Perry March described to Individual A the ongoing problems between himself and the Levines. Specifically, Perry March told Individual A that the Levines were the "biggest thing in his case" and that if it wasn't for the Levines, he could “beat” the second degree murder charge. Perry March complained to Individual A that the Levines had money, were pressuring people to bring the second degree murder case, and that they were going to testify against him. After a number of these conversations, Perry March and Individual A agreed that Individual A would murder Carolyn and Lawrence Levine. Perry March and the defendant solicited, induced, and encouraged “Individual A” to murder Carolyn and Lawrence Levine by promising him, among other things, a place to live in Mexico, financial assistance, and treatment “like a king” in Mexico. Perry March also promised Individual A profits from future criminal endeavors that they could conduct in Mexico in exchange for murdering Carolyn and Lawrence Levine.

After Perry March solicited Individual A to commit the murders of Carolyn and Lawrence Levine, Individual A disclosed Perry March’s plan to law enforcement authorities and agreed to cooperate with authorities.

In an effort to carry out the murders, Individual A requested that Perry March assist him in getting released on bond on his state charges. Perry March agreed to assist Individual A in making bond on Individual A’s state charges so that Individual A could carry out the plan to murder Carolyn and Lawrence Levine. Once Individual A carried out the murders and fled to Mexico, Perry March and Individual A planned to make money by committing kidnapings in Mexico.

On or about October 6, 2005, Individual A, at the direction of law enforcement agents, began recording his conversations with Perry March. On October 6, 2005, Perry March and Individual A discussed the plan to murder the Levines in greater detail. Perry March told Individual A that his chances of being acquitted on his pending second degree murder charges would improve from forty percent to ninety to ninety-five percent after Carolyn and Lawrence Levine were gone. Perry March advised Individual A not to act until there was a "chilling off period of 30 to 45 days" from the date of Individual A's release on bond. Perry March discussed with Individual A the "trail of evidence" and instructed him to make sure there were "zero links” tying Individual A to Perry March. Perry March provided Individual A with Arthur March's telephone number and email address, and instructed Individual A to contact Arthur March after he was released on bond from prison. Perry March told Individual A, "My dad is the key." Perry March and Individual A created a code name for Individual A (Bobby Givings) and a code phrase (buying or selling the BMW) for Individual A to utilize when communicating with Arthur March about the murder of Carolyn and Lawrence Levine.

On or about October 7, 2005, law enforcement officials moved Individual A to the Williamson County Jail and made it appear as though he had been released on bond. Prior to leaving the Metropolitan Nashville Davidson County Jail, Individual A informed Perry March that he was being released on bond.

On October 12, 2005, Arthur March, who was in Mexico, spoke by telephone with Individual A who was in Nashville, Tennessee. During a recorded telephone conversation, Arthur March confirmed that Perry March told him that Individual A would be contacting him. Arthur March told Individual A that the Levines were the cause of the prosecution of Perry March, and provided the name of Perry March's children's school in Nashville. They also discussed Carolyn and Lawrence Levine’s daily routine. Arthur March advised Individual A to obtain a "12," meaning a twelve gauge shotgun.

On October 14, 2005, Individual A called Arthur March and during a recorded telephone conversation, the two discussed the plan to murder Carolyn and Lawrence Levine in greater detail. Arthur March told Individual A that he would be the "supportive agent." Arthur March explained that "nine’s" (9 mm guns) are prohibited in Mexico, and that it would be easier for Individual A to obtain the gun in the United States. They discussed Individual A's plan to get a silencer, and Arthur March agreed that it would be best if the gun went through several people’s hands first. Arthur March advised Individual A that from the moment he obtained the weapon, he "should wear thin surgeon’s gloves...and not take them off at all." Arthur March assured Individual A that he would take care of him once he arrived in Mexico after the killings, saying "Once you get here [Mexico] you got no problem.” During the conversation, Arthur March agreed to give Individual A financial support after Individual A fled to Mexico. Arthur March asked Individual A if he was "gonna take one or two out." Individual A responded, "Two. It, it's got to be two." Arthur March replied, "Okay. Okay." Arthur March wished Individual A good luck.

Sometime prior to October 15, 2005, Arthur March sent an e-mail from Mexico to an individual in the United States indicating that “Bobby G” had called him. The individual in the United States who received the e-mail was supposed to print the e-mail and mail it to Perry March. In a recorded telephone conversation, Perry March instructed the individual who received the e-mail, not to mail it to him.

On October 20, 2005, Arthur March spoke with Individual A by telephone. Arthur March told Individual A that he had spoken to Perry March and informed him that Individual A contacted him. Individual A discussed how he planned to murder the Levines. Arthur March asked, "It will be next week or the week after? Is that when you're planning?" Individual A confirmed that the hit would be on the following Tuesday or Wednesday. Arthur March responded, "That'd bring you in here. And that's fine and I-see I get my money on the first so we're, we're, we're in hallelujah land."

On or about October 20, 2005, state authorities obtained permission to intercept Perry March’s telephone conversations occurring over a phone located in the Metropolitan Nashville Davidson County Jail. On or about October 21, 2005, Perry March and Arthur March were intercepted over the telephone discussing the plan to murder Carolyn and Lawrence Levine. During the conversation, Perry March used the code name and phrases that Perry March discussed with Individual A. During the conversation, Perry March told Arthur March, "The whole thing of that with my friend of mine, Bobby Givings, never send me e-mails or phone calls, never." Arthur March told Perry March that he understood. Arthur March indicated that Individual A would be in "over there next week." Perry March interrupted Arthur March and told him that he didn't want to talk about it because "he was going to arrange for the sale of the car."

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xx Jailers allowed co-defendants to meet before plea
« Reply #9 on: Feb 13th, 2006, 5:59pm »

NASHVILLE, Tenn. Copyright 2006 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. -- Co-defendants in a conspiracy trial surrounding a 10-year-old murder case were allowed to meet with each other two weeks before one defendant entered into a plea bargain, authorities said.

Perry March, who is charged with second-degree murder in his wife's 1996 disappearance, was allowed to meet for 45 minutes with his father, Arthur March, who is charged with his son in conspiring to kill his son's in-laws.

The unmonitored Jan. 23 meeting was approved by Davidson County sheriff's officials without the knowledge of the case's prosecutors. Sheriff Daron Hall said the meeting was routine prisoner visitation between a jailed father and son.

The father and son had asked to see one another, and authorities only considered whether the meeting would pose a security problem, not whether it would have an impact on the criminal cases, he said.

"It was a visit," Hall said. "From our standpoint it presented no threat to either of them nor did it present a threat to our institution. "

Corrections criminal-law experts said a jailhouse meeting between two inmates already accused of plotting to commit a crime is a bad idea.

"For nine years he says that Perry didn't have anything to do with (wife) Janet's death. He has a meeting with Perry and within a very short period of time, he's pleading guilty and telling the authorities that Perry killed his wife," said Tommy Overton, a Nashville criminal defense lawyer not involved in the March case. "It's very suspect."

Arthur March, 78, pleaded guilty last week to charges that he conspired in a failed murder-for-hire plot to kill his son's former in-laws.

Perry March, 45, was accused of orchestrating the scheme while in prison awaiting trial on charges he killed Janet March.

In exchange for an 18-month sentence, Arthur March told authorities that his son admitted to killing his wife and disposing her body.


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xx March tells court he wants murder trial to be held
« Reply #10 on: Feb 17th, 2006, 6:34pm »

By SHEILA BURKE
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Former Nashville lawyer Perry March told a court yesterday that he wanted to be tried for murder and conspiracy in front of Nashville jurors.

Some criminal defense lawyers have speculated that the defense couldn't get a fair trial in Music City because of the enormous publicity surrounding the March case. But others suggest that the move was made to keep March in front of jurors who tend to be far more liberal than others around the state.




"Nashville tends to have more diverse, educated juries," said Nashville defense attorney Patrick Frogge, who is not involved in the case. "It would be a rare situation where I would request a change of venue."

That crush of media coverage surrounding Perry March also caused Davidson County Criminal Court Judge Steve Dozier to issue a stern warning to lawyers in the case about leaking information.

"I don't want to issue a gag order, but I feel like people are pushing me," Dozier said.

Perry March, 45, was arrested and charged last year with killing his first wife, Janet Levine March, who disappeared in August 1996. No body has been found.

March also is accused, with his father, of hatching a jailhouse plot to kill Janet March's parents.

The father, 78-year-old Arthur March, pleaded guilty to the conspiracy last week.

As part of the plea deal, the father also told authorities that Perry March had admitted to killing his wife and that father helped son dispose of the body.

Yesterday, attorneys on both sides said they planned to obtain a deposition from Arthur March.

Perry March appeared in court wearing a yellow jail jumpsuit with his head shaved.

In a motion filed yesterday, his lawyers asked the court to dismiss his three-count indictment in the murder case, arguing that prosecutors waited eight years to bring the case in an effort to gain an unfair tactical advantage.

The attorneys also filed motions seeking to exclude any conversations that Perry March had with police when they were bringing him from Los Angeles to Nashville to face charges. Another motion seeks to exclude all taped conversations between Perry March and a jailhouse informant. •

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xx For Janet on 2-20-06
« Reply #11 on: Feb 20th, 2006, 6:29pm »

Thinking of Janet on her birthday. Hoping she can be found soon. She's still missing but not forgotten.

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xx Detectives in March Murder Head Out to Golf Course
« Reply #12 on: Mar 14th, 2006, 09:17am »

For the very first time, prosecutors went to the one place where they now believe Janet March's body was dumped, and NewsChannel 5 was the only news crew there.


The focus remains on the Kenny Perry's Golf Course. It has been mentioned before with other possible locations.

On Wednesday, the two lead detectives in the March case along with the Deputy District Attorney personally went to Franklin for a look around.

The three main players in the prosecution of Perry March, Metro police Detectives Bill Pridemore, Pat Postigilione and Deputy District Attorney Tom Thurman, went Wednesday to Franklin, Ky. in search of Janet March's body.

“They got a pretty good idea that maybe her body was placed down there,” said golf course contractor Ronnie Webb.

The focus of their investigation is the area around Kenny Perry's Golf Course, and they spent more than 45 minutes talking with one of the men who helped build it.

“They just came down to look around and see if there was a road that went back to the edge of the golf course. There was a road at one time,” Webb said.

Ronnie Webb said it's a road that Arthur March has described.

Arthur, of course, cut a deal with prosecutors to cooperate in the murder case against his son Perry.

Arthur has testified Perry killed his wife, Janet, in 1996, and then Arthur disposed of the body under a brush pile somewhere in Southern Kentucky.

Webb said prosecutors believe much of what Arthur has told them about the location of Janet's body and his description matches the golf course.

There's the old road and a nearby creek. Webb said in 1996 there were brush piles.

“They said the creek wasn't deep enough to put a body in, so they saw a pile there and that's where he claims to put the body,” Webb said.

The prosecutor and detectives declined to talk about the case.

Webb said they have a list of landmarks described by Arthur that perfectly match the area around the golf course.

How serious are the prosecutors? Serious enough for them now to visit the site personally for themselves.

The detectives and deputy district attorney only drove around the golf course today before meeting with Webb.

But it's a good bet they'll be back, maybe with Arthur March in tow, to tour the area around the course.

Webb said they told him it's unlikely investigator will find anything more than bone fragments, if at all.

But any evidence of Janet's body, no matter how small, will be very important in the prosecution's case against Perry March.

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xx Arthur Details Disposing of Janet March’s Body
« Reply #13 on: Apr 15th, 2006, 9:51pm »

NewsChannel 5 has learned much more about what Arthur will say when he testifies against his son, Perry March.


Not long after Arthur March's arrest for trying to arrange the murder of Lawrence and Carolyn Levine, he cut a deal.

March faced up to 20 years but will serve only 18 months if he helps convict his son, Perry, in the murder of Perry's wife, Janet.

“At some juncture Col. March has got to consider his own criminal liability,” Fletcher Long, Arthur March's attorney, said earlier this year. “I think my client has provided substantial assistance.”

Arthur said Perry admitted killing Janet with a wrench.

NewsChannel 5 has learned specifics, detailed in secret court depositions, that outline what Arthur would tell a jury during the murder trial.

Arthur said after Perry killed Janet in August of 1996 and buried her in a shallow grave at a construction site not far from their Forest Hills home in Nashville.

Arthur said he remembers it was five weeks later, after the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, that he helped Perry move the body.

After nightfall, they drove to the site. Arthur walked from the road up a gravel driveway. Perry drove around the block, while his father dug up the body in a bag and dragged it down to the road. There, he stood in the open, waiting until Perry came back around.

They loaded the body and drove away.

From there, Arthur said they drove to Kentucky.

Perry went to a hotel. Arthur went alone to dispose of the body. He spotted a creek near a golf course in Franklin, Ky.

The plan was to submerge the body, but Arthur realized the creek was too shallow. Then, his headlights hit a huge brush pile.

It was near dawn, and Arthur said he had to wait for a school bus to drive away.

Then, he dug two holes under the brush pile, one for Janet's clothes and the other for what was left of her body.

Arthur said there was very little smell because all that remained were bones.

Some question the validity of that story.

A gag order prevents Perry March's defense attorneys from commenting on the case.

Dr. Bruce Levy, the state medical examiner, said it's unlikely a body wrapped in a plastic bag would deteriorate that quickly, but he said it's possible.

Janet March's body has never been found.

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xx Father-In-Law Takes Stand Against Perry March
« Reply #14 on: Apr 19th, 2006, 2:56pm »

Wednesday is the second day of testimony in the theft case against Perry March. His former father-in-law, Lawrence Levine testified for the prosecution.


March was married to Levine's daughter, Janet, and March worked for Levine's law firm until Janet disappeared in 1996. Perry March is accused of stealing $23,000 from the Levine Law firm.

Lawrence Levine spent more than two hours on the stand testifying about his relationship with Perry in his law firm and as a son-in-law. He explained that he helped Perry during his time in law school. He also said that he and his wife gave Perry and Janet money more than once, and that he even helped get Arthur March’s home out of foreclosure.

“I helped both him and members of his family. There is a provision in the United States Internal Revenue code that says you can go ahead and give a gift of $10,000 per year, per beneficiary. Carolyn would give Perry $10,000 a year, and Janet $10,000 a year, and Mark ( Janet's brother) $10,000 a year,” He went on to explain, “And I would give Perry $10, 000 a year, Janet $10,000 a year, and of course Mark, $10,000 a year. In addition to that we helped out Perry’s father who had his house foreclosed. We bought the house out of foreclosure,” said Lawrence Levine.

Levine said that he was aware his daughter and Mr. March were having marital problems. He said they would argue, often coming to his wife Carolyn as a mediator.

Around the same time the Janet disappeared, Lawrence Levine said Perry came to explaining he needed money to start his own law firm.

“ Within a week before Janet was gone, Perry said he wanted to go ahead and start his own law practice and he wanted to come and discuss money with Carolyn and I. And I said when do you and Janet want to come? And he said no he didn’t want to come with Janet. And I said, well every major decision I’ve ever made in the 40-- well then it was 30 years--that I’ve been married, about money, has been made with Carolyn,” said Levine.

He went on to explain that he didn’t want to talk about money with Perry without Janet being there, but he said Perry really wanted to come over, so they agreed.

Levine says Perry presented he and his wife with a list of expenses that totalled $30,000. Levine said Perry never asked them for the money, but after showing them the expenses he said he would take the money out of his pension plan. Even though he didn't ask them for the money, Carolyn thought he wanted to borrow the money from them. Levine says they were not willing to loan him the money in this instance.

Levine also told the jury that Janet March had decided she could no longer live with Perry and asked her father for a list of divorce attorneys. He says he gave her the list and made an appointment for her, but before she could meet with the attorney, she went missing.

Levine was called to the stand, in part, to refute what Perry said, in a deposition that was taken back in 1996. Part of that deposition was played for the jury.

In the deposition, Perry said he did not recall taking money from clients that was intended for the law firm after he left the law firm back in September of 1996. Then he said Levine gave him permission to take some of the money, but on the stand, Levine said that was not the case.


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