Orange County District Attorney
Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney
401 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701
For Immediate Release
Case # 10CF3053
November 9, 2010
Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
HUSBAND ARRESTED IN KANSAS FOR
1994 POISONING-MURDER FOR FINANCIAL GAIN OF WIFE IN SAN CLEMENTE
SANTA ANA – The Orange County District Attorney (OCDA) filed special circumstance murder charges today in a cold case against a husband for poisoning his wife for financial gain in 1994. Paul Marshal Curry, 54, Salina, KA, is charged with one felony count of special circumstances murder for financial gain with a sentencing enhancement for murder by poisoning. If convicted, the defendant faces a minimum sentence of life in state prison without the possibility of parole. The charges make the defendant ineligible for bail. The defendant will face an extradition hearing in Kansas tomorrow to determine when he will be extradited from Kansas to Orange County to face the murder charges. The date and time of his arraignment are to be determined.
Late on the night of June 9, 1994, Curry is accused of poisoning his wife of two years, Linda Curry. Curry is accused of calling 911 and telling emergency personnel that the victim was in bed and not breathing. Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) officers responded to the scene.
Curry is accused of collecting $400,000 from his wife’s life insurance policies. At the time of the crime, Curry was suspected and OCSD investigated the case but it went cold.
In 2007, OCDA and OCSD began reinvestigating the case. As a result of further investigation and newly developed evidence that was not available at the time of the crime, Curry was arrested today in Kansas by OCSD officers. He will face extradition proceedings tomorrow.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact Supervising District Attorney Investigator Helen Moreno at (714) 347-8492.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Ebrahim Baytieh of the Homicide Unit is prosecuting this case.