Man indicted in 32-year-old case


First Posted: 1/2/2014

ST. MARYS — A Florida man has been indicted on a murder charge from a death in St. Marys more than 32 years ago.

St. Marys Police Chief Mark Ernst and Auglaize County Prosecuting Attorney Edwin Pierce released a joint news release on Thursday that Paul L. Hoover, 52, of Eustis, Fla., appeared in Auglaize County Common Pleas Court and was indicted on one count of aggravated murder, a first-degree felony. Hoover was charged with being involved in the death of Marcellus Reineke on Oct. 13, 1981.

In the news release, Pierce said the indictment does not contain death penalty specifications. Pierce or Ernst were unable to be reached, as the announcement came late in the business day. The news release stated they would decline further comment.

Hoover was arrested Dec. 13 in Florida and returned to Ohio after waiving extradition.

St. Marys Police said the investigation is continuing and there are other persons of interest involved with the crime. Pierce and Ernst both encouraged anyone with information on the incident to contact the police department.

Hoover appeared without legal counsel. The court ordered the defendant to post a $2 million 10-percent bond with conditions. Hoover was taken into custody of the sheriff pending the posting of bond.

His next court appearance date had not been posted online Thursday evening. He is required to choose an attorney by Jan. 9.

Online court records show that Hoover was arrested on a charge of burglary, a second-degree felony, in April 1982. The online record showed the case was closed but did not state if Hoover was convicted.