MARINE COLONEL CHARGED WITH RAPE
COMMITS SUICIDE - MARK SAMOLINE TAKES
OWN LIFE AFTER COLLEGE STUDENT CLAIMS
50 YEAR-OLD RESERVE OFFICER ASSAULTED
HER IN HER INDIANA HOME - ACCUSED
OFFICER SAID SEX WAS "CONSENSUAL"
SAMOLINE'S BODY FOUND IN DRESS UNIFORM
LYING ON BED IN GEORGIA HOTEL ROOM
It was another "he said - she said" case, with no witnesses and the "victim" admitting she was so drunk she didn't remember much of anything. But what she did recall, she told cops, was finding a man in bed with her in her house after she had passed out from heavy drinking the night before. She yelled "RAPE!"
There were no signs of forceful entry or any kind of struggle, and Mark Samoline told investigators the sex had been entirely "consensual." His accuser, a 21 year-old Indiana University coed, couldn't explain just how the Marine Corps Reserve colonel got into her home Oct. 18 after they met during "Homecoming Week" at the Bloomington, Ind. university.
Samoline, 50, said he had been in the Hoosier State to visit his daughter, who is a student at the famed school. The senior field grade maintained his young woman accuser invited him to come back with her, but obviously changed her mind when she woke up the next day.
BODY OF MARINE OFFICER FOUND ON BED IN FULL DRESS UNIFORM
A maid at the Marriott Residence Inn in Norcross, Ga., north of Atlanta, found the colonel's body on the bed, a suicide note on the coffee table and a plastic bag taped around his head. His wallet and empty handgun were found nearby.
The Gwinnett County medical examiner ruled the death a suicide.
A vice-president at United Parcel Service, Samoline was suspended by his employer just as soon as the incident made the local newspapers.
The colonel had hired a team of defense attorneys in Bloomington. They issued a statement which has been obtained by MilitaryCorruption.com. It reads:
"The death of Mark Samoline is a tragedy for everyone involved, but the rush to judgment by the justice system, UPS, the media and the Internet community was more than he could take, even though Mark strongly and consistently maintained his innocence. While the Constitution provides that an accused person is innocent until proven guilty, this is a tragic example of how today's society rushes to judgment, without waiting to hear the whole story."