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Lawsuit by North Huntingdon woman in murder case dismissed

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
 

A North Huntingdon woman failed to show that three Pittsburgh detectives who charged her with the 1986 murder of her husband misled an investigative grand jury and a judge, a federal judge ruled last week.

Police in 2007 charged Diana Rader, 68, with the murder of Raymond Marzoch, 47, a state prison guard who was found fatally shot inside a downtown Pittsburgh parking garage.

One month after Rader was indicted, Common Pleas Judge Lawrence J. O'Toole dismissed the charges against her for lack of evidence.

Prosecutors accused Rader of killing Raymond Marzoch as the pair sat in Marzoch's car on Feb. 15, 1986, in the Kaufmann's parking garage.

Marzoch, 47, then a guard at the former Western Penitentiary on the North Side, planned to meet Rader at the garage for a late lunch, according to testimony from retired prison guard Raymond Kotomski.

Another of Marzoch's co-workers, William Miller, testified at the 2007 hearing that Marzoch had said, “Bill, if I ever turn up dead, my wife did it.”

Rader countered she was shopping in McKeesport at the time of the shooting.

In 2009, Rader sued the city and the three detectives who worked the case over the years — J.R. Smith, Scott Evans and Terry Hediger. She dropped the city from the lawsuit in September.

On Friday, U.S. District Judge David Cercone threw out Rader's lawsuit, granting a summary judgment in favor of the detectives.

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