Judge rejects public funds for murder appeal

A Delaware County judge has again rejected a Muncie woman's request to have taxpayers help fund her appeal of her conviction in the torture slaying of her 5-year-old Haitian cousin.

The Star Press reports Judge Thomas Cannon Jr. last week rejected the request made by Jack Quirk on behalf of 31-year-old Charlene Tabb because he is not an attorney of record in the case. He previously had rejected a request by Quirk's son, Michael, who is Tabb's attorney.

Cannon rejected that request in August saying Tabb had unencumbered equity value in nine separate parcels of real estate in Muncie.

Tabb was sentenced to 87 years in prison in July in the June 2013 killing of Marie Pierre and for neglect of a dependent.

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