CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The longtime co-worker of a woman who was found buried and dismembered on his Chesapeake property told detectives that he killed her because she asked him to, according to a transcript of his interrogation released Thursday.
Charles Eugene March pleaded guilty Wednesday to first-degree murder in the death of his Kelley's Men's Shop co-worker, Sheila "Kathy" Goble. March was arrested in April after his son found Goble's remains buried in March's backyard in Chesapeake. She had been missing for two years.
On the day he was arrested, April 25, March initially told detectives that he did not have any idea where Goble was and apparently did not know that his son had found her remains. Once detectives told March that police had a search warrant for his house, he admitted to killing Goble, according to the transcript.
March then told police that Goble asked him to strangle her to death because she was having family troubles and did not want to commit suicide.
"She said -- I thought she was joking -- she said, 'I want you to kill me,'" March told Kanawha County Sheriff's Detective Sean Snuffer during the interrogation.
March said that, in 2010, Goble called him after work and told him to meet her in the parking lot of the Nitro Moose Lodge. March said when he met her there, she told him to follow her to Interstate 64 in Putnam County. She stopped her Honda Pilot along the highway, put a rag in the window and got into his car, he said.
Police have found no evidence to indicate that Goble wanted to die, Kanawha County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Plants said Thursday. Common items were still sitting out in her home, including cleaning supplies on her table, and she did not leave any kind of note, he said.
Plants could not confirm if Goble was having problems with her family at the time.
"Criminals, when they confess, they come up with stories that match the evidence they think exists," Plants said. "We just have no evidence to corroborate the mercy-killing angle."
March's lawyer, Richard Holicker, said Thursday that he would have presented a different defense theory if March's case had gone to trial. He said he would not discuss what that defense would have been.
At one point during his interrogation, March claimed Goble broached the subject of him killing her about a week and a half before she died. At another point, he said they talked about it in the Moose Lodge parking lot. He also said they talked about it in the car on the way to his home.
"She said, 'You have to,'" March told police, according to the transcript. "She said, 'It's that I'm going to do something else and then people's going to think I'm a bad person."
March claimed that, once they got to his trailer, Goble asked him to bind her wrists to the bedposts with neckties and have sex with her. Afterward, she begged him to strangle her.
"I mean, you see that on television," March told the detectives. "You don't expect anybody to ever beg them to kill you."
"God, I've never felt so bad for somebody that I just wanted to, you know?" he said.
Detectives were skeptical.