May 2, 2011
LIMA ó The second wife of a doctor sent to prison for murdering his first wife filed another lawsuit against a bail bonds company and its owner saying he again failed to return the money she gave him toward her husbandís $1 million bail.Esther Wangler filed the lawsuit Monday in Allen County Common Pleas Court seeking more than $100,000 in compensatory and punitive damages from Advantage Bail Bonds of Indianapolis and its owner, Darryl Ables. She filed a similar lawsuit last year against Ables and his company but dismissed it after he agreed to pay her $110,000.Wangler said Ables has not repaid her so she filed a similar lawsuit. Wangler approached Ables to try to get her husband out of jail in 2009 while his aggravated murder case was pending. She gave him $100,000 toward the $1 million bail and gave another company $250,628, the lawsuit said.When the bail was not posted, Wangler asked for the money back and put up $1 million to get her husband, Mark Wangler, released on bail.The other company she gave $250,628 promptly returned the money but Ables did not, the lawsuit said.Wangler also accuses Ables and his company of committing fraud by falsely representing that it was licensed to operate in Ohio.Ables was convicted last year of aggravated theft by deception, a third-degree felony and sentenced to four years probation. He was ordered to pay Esther Wangler $110,000 in restitution.Dr. Wangler was convicted in March of aggravated murder in the 2006 death of his first wife, Kathy Wangler. She died of carbon monoxide poisoning.Esther Wangler said in the lawsuit she was owed more than $50,000. At Ablesí sentencing, his attorney said he paid $60,000 and had agreed to pay $10,000 more than he received to settle the lawsuit.You can comment on this story at www.limaohio.com.