Man named in 1990 murder case, now arrested in old burglary

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A key figure in one of the most notorious, unsolved murder cases in Charlotte is facing charges after he was linked to an old burglary case.

Marion Gales has been charged for a burglary that took place a few years ago in Charlotte. However, it is not yet clear where that incident took place.

Gales was the neighborhood handyman who Doctor Edward Friedland claims killed his wife Kim Thomas in 1990.  Thomas was found tied to a chair at the couple's home and her throat slashed.

Doctor Friedland was arrested for the murder, but the charges were dropped suddenly when the trial started.

Police investigated Gales at the time, but never called him a suspect.

Gales pleaded guilty to manslaughter, in 2009, in the death of a pregnant woman in Charlotte.

He was transferred to the Mecklenburg County jail on Tuesday to face the new burglary charge.

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