Tuesday, October 4, 2011


A NORTHERN OHIO man was indicted Monday for the 2008 cold case killing of school teacher Marilyn Habian. Richard Penque allegedly murdered Habian in her Euclid home. She was a Habian was a teacher at Alexander Graham Bell Elementary School in Cleveland and also taught ballet. Penque will be arraigned today on beefs for murder, burglary, kidnapping, attempted arson and tampering with evidence. Habian died of a gunshot wound to her chest. Habian’s body was discovered when her boyfriend, Eddie Mitchell,
went to check on her the morning of April 7, 2008, after she did not show up for work. Her car was found running in the driveway so it's likely she caught Penque in the act as she was about to go to work. Her house had been broken into less than two months before the homicide. A man stole shoes and speaker equipment from Habian’s 18-year-old son who sometimes stayed at the house. Habian spent six years dancing with the Royal Winnipeg company before becoming a teacher.

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