New Orleans Radio Host Vince Marinello Accused of Murdering his Wife Mary Elizabeth Marinello


Radio talk show host Vince Marinello surrendered to authorities on Vince MarinelloThursday in New Orleans for the murder of his wife, Mary Elizabeth Marinello. The radio talk show host that was known by fans for his post Hurricane Katrina broadcasts. After Hurricane Katrina hit, Vince Marinello switched his WWL talk show’s focus from sports to hurricane relief. Now Vince is facing murder charges that carry a mandatory life sentence.

Now, Marinello stands accused of donning a disguise and shooting his estranged wife to death in a gangland-style hit in a suburban parking lot. Mary Elizabeth Marinello, 45, died Friday around 2 AM at the Charity Hospital Trauma Center in Elmwood.


Now, Marinello stands accused of donning a disguise and shooting his estranged wife to death gangland-style in a suburban parking lot.

Mary Elizabeth Marinello shooting

She died Sept. 1, a day after she was shot twice in the face as she stood in a parking lot. The attack was first described as a botched robbery, but Jefferson Parish Sheriff Harry Lee said Wednesday that it was being treated as a “hit” based on surveillance tapes.

Could Hurricane Katrina in part be responsible for taking another life? It seems that the couple had some problems prior to Katrina; however, post Mary Elizabeth MarinelloKatrina made things very much worse.

“I think that before Katrina they had some problems,” said Bertha Norman, the victim’s mother. “But after Katrina, all that stress brought on a lot of things. I think Katrina made everything worse.”

So much worse that in July, Mary Elizabeth filed for a divorce. That was when she learned that her husband of less than two years was still married when they wed.

Police originally thought the death of Mary Elizabeth Marinello was a robbery gone bad. Then evidence pointed toward the Vince Marinello. Police searched the the couples homes, and found the evidence they were looking for to implicate Vince.

Late Wednesday,authorities searched Marinello’s Katrina-damaged house, the FEMA trailer he lived in, and the home of a friend. In the trailer, the sheriff said, they found a handwritten checklist of the alleged plans for the attack. “It was almost as good as a confession,” Lee said.


Is New Orleans Personality Marinello $250,000 Bond Enough?

So, if Marinello was not a radio show host and former television sports figure, would 250,000 bond be sufficient in this case where the allegation is cold-blooded murder   One might say, Vince Marinello is not a risk to anyone and will diligently appear at all hearings.  Then, again, up until a few days ago, who would have “thunk” that Vince Marinello would have been behind bars for the alleged killing of his wife.

(Bayou Buzz)


Posted September 9, 2006 by
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