October 8, 2013

Unsolved murder not forgotten


---- — WESTVILLE — The unsolved murder of Marie Fleury will again be discussed Wednesday as the 11th anniversary of her death nears.

The 64-year-old nurse was found bludgeoned at about 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 17, 2002, in her home at 3835 Route 37.

Westville residents organized a Neighborhood Watch Program shortly after the murder, and community meetings have been held every October since 2002 to share progress and updates in the case.

This year’s meeting, set for 7 p.m. at the Westville Fire Station, includes presentations by Franklin County District Attorney Derek Champagne and State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation Senior Investigator Kurt Taylor.

Fleury was last seen alive that day by her husband, Robert, at about 4 p.m.

Mr. Fleury, who died Sept. 5, 2011, with his wife’s murder still unsolved, was also the one who found her dead on the floor.

An autopsy revealed she died of blunt-force trauma to the head and torso.  

Investigators recovered a hammer that was tested to determine if it was the murder weapon.

State Police have followed more than 700 leads in the case, which is profiled online at

The latest reward offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for her death stands at $16,000.

Westville Town Supervisor Rod Lauzon said that, in addition to updates on the Fleury case, those attending will hear from Malone Village Police Chief Chris Premo about methamphetamine labs.

There will also be community information available about STAR exemptions and an overview of the proposed Salmon River Central School District capital project.

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