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Man Convicted Of Broken Arrow Murder Dies In Prison

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Karl Myers walking into a Rogers County courtroom in 1998. Karl Myers walking into a Rogers County courtroom in 1998.
Karl Myers. Karl Myers.
McALESTER, Oklahoma -

A Rogers County man sentenced to death in the murder of a Broken Arrow woman in 1996 has died at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester.

Karl Myers, 64, was convicted of killing Cindy Marzano in March of 1996.

According to a news release from the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, security personal noticed Myers unresponsive in the Penitentiary's medical unit on December 28th and notified medical personnel.

He was pronounced dead a short time later.

Karl Myers had been on death row since his 1998 conviction. Court records show Myers served time in Oklahoma and Kansas for burglary, assault and rape before he was convicted in Rogers County of first-degree murder.

At the time, the Rogers County Sheriff's Office connected Myers with the rape and murder of another woman, Shawn Williams, in April 1993.

The bodies of Williams and Marzano were both dumped in the Verdigris River.

John Russell believes Myers was also the man who molested and murdered three girl scouts at a camp near Locust Grove in 1977.

He's making a movie called "Candles" about the murders.

Russell said Myers confessed to him when they were both in jail together in the late 1970s. Some argue Russell's criminal history takes away his credibility.

Gene Leroy Hart was originally arrested for the Girl Scout murders, but later acquitted, then died three months later of a heart attack.

The Department of Corrections says it is believed Karl Myers died of natural causes.

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