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Body Found In Burned Oconee Co. Home Murdered

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Richard Alan Marszelek's, 61, of Oconee County, cause of death was released Sunday afternoon. Richard Alan Marszelek's, 61, of Oconee County, cause of death was released Sunday afternoon.
Joshua Michael Fulbright, 28, has been charged with the murder of Richard Alan Marszalek. Joshua Michael Fulbright, 28, has been charged with the murder of Richard Alan Marszalek.
Patrick Grant Covone, 27, has been charged with the murder of Richard Alan Marszalek. Patrick Grant Covone, 27, has been charged with the murder of Richard Alan Marszalek.
OCONEE COUNTY, S.C. - Officials have released the cause of death of a man who was found in the rubble of a burned mobile home in Oconee County earlier this month.

Although 61-year-old 
Richard Alan Marszelek's body was retrieved from the charred rubble of his mobile home, Marszalek's body did not incur thermal injuries.

Instead, Coroner Karl Addis concluded that "Mr. Marszalek died as a result of blunt force trauma to the head consistent with being beat by someone."  

The Oconee County Sheriff's Office continues to investigate the details surrounding Marszelek's death and is encouraging anyone with information to call CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

Posted: Jan 17, 2014 10:47 PM EST 


Two man are in the custody of the Oconee County Sheriff tonight.


Both, Joshua Michael Fulbright, 28, and Patrick Grant Covone, 27, of Westminster, have been charged with the murder of Richard Alan Marszalek.

Fulbright was taken into custody on January 12, 2014, while Covone was arrested Friday evening 

Marszalek, 61, of Westminster, was reported missing on January 11, 2014 by a relative and said to have been last seen in late December of 2013 according to Jimmy Watt, public information officer with the sheriff’s office.

According to sheriff’s reports, Marszalek’s mobile home on West Spearman Road caught fire and was destroyed on January 4, 2014. Once Marszalek was officially reported as missing, investigators then positively identified a body that was retrieved from the mobile home’s rubble as Marszalek.

Although Marszalek’s body was found in the rubble of the mobile home, it is not clear whether or not Marszalek’s body was there during the time of the fire.

While investigations into the exact cause and time of death are pending, authorities believe that an altercation ensued involving Marszalek and the duo, Fulbright and Covone, which resulted in the 61-year-old’s death sometime between the dates of December 27 and the 29th, of 2013. It is during that altercation that investigators believe Marszalek sustained blunt force trauma to the head.

An autopsy is planned for Sunday.

Fulbright was denied bond on attempted murder, and murder charges, while Covone is still awaiting a bond hearing.

If you have any information regarding Marszalek’s death or the Marszalek’s mobile home fire, you are being encouraged to call Oconee County Sheriff’s Office.  


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