http://www.oceancitytoday.net/news/2...LLING_HER.htmlA Pennsylvania man was arrested on first-degree murder charges in Berlin on Wednesday after he allegedly killed his elderly mother by running over her with his car multiple times.
Detectives from the Worcester County Bureau of Investigation arrested Steven Frederick Molin, 58, of Darby, Pa. on charges of first- and second-degree murder and manslaughter.
Just before midnight on Aug. 31, police went to Carey Road in Berlin to investigate a serious motor vehicle accident. Paramedics took the elderly victim, 85-year-old Emily Belle Molin, to Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, where she died from the injuries she suffered in the accident.
Police said Steven Molin was driving the car and Emily Molin was the passenger. Steven Molin reportedly told police that his mother fell out of the car while they were traveling down Carey Road and that he backed up when he noticed she was gone.
But Molin drove over his mother two or three times before stopping the car, according to the police report.
Detectives interviewed Molin and forensic investigators gath- ered evidence at the scene of the crime. Evidence was found that contradicted his story that his mother fell out of the car by accident, police said. Based on the evidence and statements given by Molin, police concluded that Emily Molin’s death was murder.
Traffic reconstructionists were still examining the crime scene Wednesday. Among things they were trying to determine, Lupiwok said, was exactly how fast Steven Molin was driving when he ran over his mother. The preliminary investigation showed he was traveling between 25 and 45 miles per hour, he said.
The detectives have a motive in the murder, but Lupiwok would not disclose it because the investigation is continuing.
http://www.mdcoastdispatch.com/artic...cid=30&id=9504After Molin told the judge he wished to have representation appointed for him, he asked permission to address the court. Molin explained he was a high school graduate who finished 13th in his class and that he was a registered master plumber. He then went into a description of the events leading up to the incident a day earlier in a somewhat untypical departure from a bond review hearing.
“I’ve been taking care of mom since 1981, the same year my dad died, and it was customary for me to take her out on drives,” Molin told the court. “I’ve been taking care of her and I fixed up her house. On the day of the accident, I was taking her to visit my father’s grave in Berlin.”
Purnell said the purpose of the hearing was to determine if Molin should be released on bail, and if so, what an appropriate amount for the bond should be. The judge advised Molin it was not the time to discuss the facts of his case.
Nonetheless, the accused murderer pressed on to explain the events.
“Earlier in the day, I had an accident in the same vehicle and the door wasn’t working right,” he said. “It was just an accident. She suffered from Alzheimer’s and she was playing with the windows. I don’t know how she fell out of the vehicle. It was an accident.”
Purnell ordered Molin held without bond until his preliminary hearing set for Sept. 30.
http://pottsmerc.com/articles/2010/0...9034564941.txtDarby Police Chief Robert Smythe said he has known both Molin and his mother for years. He described them both as nice people, but said Molin had some difficulties.
“He is (intellectually) challenged,” Smythe said. “It’s a shame. It really is.”
According to Smythe, both Molin and his mother lived in the borough for years. Both were hoarders and were cited by the borough on numerous occasions for uninhabitable living conditions, he said.
“You couldn’t walk in there,” he said of the Molins’ home. “There were pathways. The living room was full of trash.”
Emily Molin was eventually removed from the house by a social service agency, Smythe said, adding that Molin was “very upset” by the move and fought it.
“Do I think he could murder his mom intentionally? I don’t think so,” the police chief said. “Do I think she could fall out of the truck and he back up? Yeah.”
Molin, who had lived in the borough since 1959, ran as a Republican for Darby district justice in 2001. Coincidentally, at the time of his election bid, Molin balked at having his photograph taken for a campaign-related story, telling a Daily Times reporter he was “a little worried” it would be on file if he got into trouble in the future.
http://delcotimes.com/articles/2010/...3759362830.txtFormer Darby Mayor Paula Brown said she has known Steven Molin for years through her service in Darby’s government.
“I just really don’t even know how to describe him,” Brown said. “I heard about this yesterday and I’m just very, very sad because his mother was a good person. It’s very disheartening to hear that there’s a possibility of him being accused of killing her.”
Brown said she had witnessed Steven Molin act aggressively toward his mother in the past, and said she was happy to see Emily Molin placed at Sterling, where she was out of his care.
“It’s a tragedy,” Brown said, noting she could imagine Steven Molin running over his mother. “You think you’re safe and do the right thing. She’s in a nursing home, and then this happens.”