Sentencing hearing postponed

By Kimberly Gasuras - Galion Inquirer

Carla Willoughby

Carla Willoughby

A sentencing hearing for a woman charged in connection with the death of a Galion man has been postponed for 60 days.

Carla R. Willoughby, 36, Galion, pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence and obstructing justice, both third-degree felonies, in December.

Willoughby’s plea agreement with prosecutors includes the dismissal of two other charges, complicity to commit aggravated murder and kidnapping.

Crawford County Prosecutor Matt Crall said that Willoughby continues to cooperate in the case against her twin sister, Marla K. Saunders, and Marla’s husband, Frederick “Lee” Saunders Jr. Lee Saunders is accused of aggravated murder, a first-degree felony, in the death of his father on Sept. 29. He is also facing a charge of kidnapping, a first-degree felony, covering the period of Aug. 27 to Sept. 29, as well as tampering with evidence, a felony of the third degree.

The younger Saunders’ wife, Marla, 36, is accused of complicity to commit murder and kidnapping, both first-degree felonies, as well as tampering with evidence and obstruction of justice, both third-degree felonies.

Judge Sean Leuthold ordered a pre-sentence investigation to be completed before he sentences Willoughby or dismisses the complicity to commit aggravated murder and kidnapping charges. He ordered her to have no contact with her co-defendants and released her on a personal recognizance bond.

Carla Willoughby Willoughby

By Kimberly Gasuras

Galion Inquirer