Joel Marino Murder

January 28, 2008 – Madison, WI

Oak Ridge Cemetery - East Troy, WI

Joel Marino was stabbed to death in his home at 714 West Shore Dr.

The television show Extreme Forensics had an episode on the Marion murder.
Extreme Forensics: Season 2, Episode 11 - Murder in Madison (Jun 28, 2010)

  • Jan. 28: Marino is stabbed in the abdomen and upper chest between 1 and 1:20 p.m. Police find him in an alley off the 700 block of South Park Street. Marino is pronounced dead at a local hospital. The cause of death is a fatal stab to the upper chest with a paring knife. Police find the knife inside Marino's home. There is no sign of forced entry. Thomas Ulrich, a resident of 946 West Shore Drive, is standing in his driveway shortly after 1 p.m. and sees someone running toward him from the direction of Marino's house. Ulrich speaks to the person, but receives no answer. He later helps police create a composite drawing of the male. The drawing is released to the public March 10.
  • Jan. 29: Madison police announce they believe the crime occurred inside Marino's home and are looking for a "person of interest" who was seen by several neighbors around the time of the crime.
  • Jan. 30: Photos of the stocking cap and backpack, which were found two days prior, are released to the public. Investigators say the items were worn by a person of interest in this case. The items are sent to the Wisconsin State Crime Laboratory for forensic tests.
  • Feb. 26: New evidence prompts Madison police to announce the "person of interest" is directly involved in the murder of Joel Marino.
  • Mar. 16: Madison resident John Broda calls police to provide information concerning a person he believes may have committed the Marino murder.
  • Mar. 20: Hair is removed from the inside of the white stocking cap and given to the FBI Hair and Fiber Lab.
  • Jun. 23: Detectives show John Broda, Livia Novitske and Thomas Ulrich a photo lineup that includes Peterson's Minnesota Department of Transportation photo. Each picks Peterson's picture as the individual they saw or had contact with in connection to the Marino case.
  • Jun. 26: Peterson is arrested after officers obtain a search warrant to collect his DNA.
  • Jun. 30: Peterson is transported from Minnesota and booked into the Dane County Jail.
  • Jul. 1: Peterson appears in court wearing a suicide prevention smock. Bail is set at $1 million.
  • Sep. 25: Peterson attempts suicide while being held in jail awaiting trial.
  • Dec. 8: Peterson enters a guilty plea to one count of first-degree intentional homicide during a hearing in Dane County Circuit Court. He is immediately sentenced to life in prison.
  • Jan. 10, 2009: Peterson hangs himself at the Dodge Correctional Institution in Waupun. One end of a bed sheet was tired around his neck and the other tied to the railing of the upper bunk bed.
  • April 8, 2009 Joshua Walters, Peterson's cellmate, was charged in the death of Peterson, "aiding suicide". Peterson’s body was found after Walters yelled to a guard that he thought his roommate was dead. Walters, who is serving time for burglary, told detectives he had nothing to do with the death and speculated that Peterson may have been feeling down because he had stopped taking his medication. But Walters described his role in the suicide in great detail to another inmate. Peterson did not want to commit suicide then because his family was coming for a visit, but Walters persuaded him to do so and said he would also commit suicide after Peterson did. Walters told Peterson to write a suicide note and put it in his waist band. Walters tied the noose to the bed for Peterson and made sure it would support his weight by putting his own head inside it. Then he twisted the sheet to open a hole for Peterson. Peterson voluntarily put on the noose, and Walters put a towel around his neck to help him pass out. Peterson began twitching and kicked a chair, which Walters moved because it made too much noise. Then Walters pretended to go to sleep in his bed. About an hour later, he called for help.

    Joel Marino (31)
    Adam C. Peterson (20)
    Joshua Walters (20)