Judge keeps Karun’s bond at $5 mil­lion

Next hear­ing sched­uled for July 10 in Stam­ford

The Norwalk Hour - - FRONT PAGE - By Pat Tom­lin­son

NORWALK — Nearly 33 years af­ter 11-year-old Kath­leen Flynn was found slain in the woods be­hind Ponus Ridge Mid­dle School, the man ac­cused of the crime stood be­fore a judge in down­town Norwalk.

Marc Karun, 53, stood with an emo­tion­less stare as Judge Mau­reen Dennis up­held the $5 mil­lion bond at his ar­raign­ment Mon­day af­ter­noon.

State Su­pe­rior Court in Norwalk was packed with a mix of me­dia mem­bers and spec­ta­tors for the brief hear­ing. Mayor Harry Rilling, who had been lieu­tenant in the Norwalk Po­lice De­part­ment’s Train­ing Di­vi­sion at the time of the homi­cide, watched as Karun was ar­raigned.

“My gen­eral rule in terms of any mat­ter where the war­rant has been signed out of an­other dis­trict … is to leave the bond set with­out prej­u­dice, to be able to be ar­gued in that lo­cal venue where the case will be heard,” Dennis said.

De­fense at­tor­ney Todd Bussert did not ar­gue with her de­ci­sion, nor did the state prose­cu­tor or the. bail com­mis­sioner.

Karun would need to put up 7 per­cent of the bond — $350,000 — in or­der to be re­leased. Dennis fur­ther ruled that in the event he posted bond, Karun would also need to for­feit his pass­port and be fit­ted with a GPS tracker. He would also need to do so at a court­house.

Rilling de­clined to com­ment Mon­day. In­stead, he said he pre­ferred to share his thoughts re­gard­ing the ar­rest at a news con­fer­ence sched­uled for 2 p.m. Tues­day at po­lice head­quar­ters.

Bussert also de­clined to com­ment on the case.

The case is set to be trans­ferred to state Su­pe­rior Court in Stam­ford. Karun’s next hear­ing is July 10.

Karun was ar­rested by Maine state po­lice Wed­nes­day at his home in Stet­son, a small town out­side Ban­gor. On Fri­day, he was re­turned to Norwalk and charged with mur­der with spe­cial

cir­cum­stances and first­de­gree kid­nap­ping.

Kath­leen’s body was found a day af­ter she was re­ported miss­ing on Sept. 23, 1986. Her mother filed the re­port af­ter her daugh­ter failed to make it home that af­ter­noon af­ter school.

Karun, who had grown up in Norwalk and lived less than two miles from the school at the time, had been sus­pected by po­lice as early as two weeks af­ter the mid­dle-schooler’s body was found.

In Jan­uary 1986 — eight months be­fore Kath­leen was killed — Karun was charged with rap­ing a woman at knife­point in the woods be­hind what is now Norwalk Com­mu­nity Col­lege. He was ar­rested on charges of first-de­gree sex­ual as­sault and kid­nap­ping, but the kid­nap­ping charge was nolled and the sex­ual as­sault was re­duced when the vic­tim didn’t tes­tify. As a re­sult, Karun served only a few months in prison.

Be­tween 1986 and 1988, Karun was im­pli­cated in at least two other rapes, an ab­duc­tion and an at­tempted kid­nap­ping, ac­cord­ing to an ar­rest war­rant. Dur­ing one of these in­ci­dents, Karun told a rape vic­tim — a com­plete stranger — that “he would ei­ther have to marry her or kill her if she be­came preg­nant,” the war­rant said.

Karun was even­tu­ally sen­tenced to 10 years in prison for his two-year crime spree, and was later en­tered into the sex of­fender’s reg­istry for life.

It was the sim­i­lar­ity be­tween Karun’s other cases and Kath­leen’s homi­cide — along with DNA ev­i­dence — that ul­ti­mately re­sulted in his ar­rest in the nearly 33-year-old case.

“Sev­eral of the cases ex­hibit a sim­i­lar geo­graph­i­cal pro­file, modus operandi and rit­u­als to the Kath­leen Flynn homi­cide in some form,” Norwalk po­lice Lt. Arthur Weis­berger wrote in the ar­rest war­rant.

The war­rant details the process on how other suspects in Kath­leen’s mur­der were elim­i­nated through DNA test­ing and hair sam­ples.

“In re­view­ing the case that iden­tify Marc Karun as the of­fender com­mit­ting some form of sex­ual as­sault or kid­nap­ping be­tween Jan­uary of 1986 and June of 1988, the war­rant found no­tice­able sim­i­lar­i­ties with the details of the sex­ual as­sault and the mur­der of Kath­leen Flynn on Sept. 23, 1986,” the war­rant states.

Among them was his geo­graphic pro­file that showed Karun was liv­ing or stay­ing as a guest near where the crimes oc­curred, the war­rant said.

“The ar­eas pro­vided Karun with easy ac­cess and the abil­ity to re­con­noi­ter and al­low for some de­gree of con­trol,” the war­rant stated.

Also, each vic­tim was dis­robed below the waist with her hands tied, the in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­vealed. Foren­sic ev­i­dence de­ter­mined Kath­leen’s as­sault had oc­curred in a sim­i­lar fash­ion, the war­rant said. But re­peated DNA test­ing didn’t con­clude that Karun was a con­trib­u­tor to ev­i­dence found at the scene, the war­rant said.

Po­lice said Karun was found il­le­gally pos­ses­sion 10 guns when he was ar­rested on Wed­nes­day, but Maine au­thor­i­ties dropped the charges so he could re­turn to Con­necti­cut.

The mur­der with spe­cial cir­cum­stances charge is an of­fense de­fined as a mur­der that oc­curred dur­ing the course of a kid­nap­ping, sex­ual as­sault or other felony or in­volves the death of a child un­der the age of 16.

The penalty in Con­necti­cut, if con­victed, is a life sen­tence with­out the pos­si­bil­ity of pa­role.

Ned Ger­ard / Hearst Con­necti­cut Me­dia

Marc Karun, with at­tor­ney Todd Bussert, is ar­raigned in state Su­pe­rior Court in Norwalk on Mon­day. Karun was ar­rested last week in Maine and is charged with mur­der with spe­cial cir­cum­stances and first-de­gree kid­nap­ping in the 1986 killing of 11-year-old Kath­leen Flynn, of Norwalk.

Con­trib­uted photo

Kath­leen Marie Flynn

Ned Ger­ard / Hearst Con­necti­cut Me­dia

Marc Karun is ar­raigned in state Su­pe­rior Court in Norwalk on Mon­day.

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