The man convicted of killing 3-year-old Marcus Fiesel in 2006 has not been granted parole, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction confirmed Friday.
David Carroll and his wife, Liz Carroll, were both convicted of murdering 3-year-old Marcus Fiesel in 2006. They were supposed to care for the autistic child as his foster parents, but instead immobilized him and left him alone in a closet to die , prosecutors said.
David Carroll had a parole hearing in July. In 2007, he pleaded guilty to murder and aggravated abuse of a corpse and was sentenced to 16 years to life in prison.
“The offender has not demonstrated adequate institutional behavior,” the Ohio parole board wrote. “The offender is unaware of the errors of criminal thinking and risk factors. There is significant community opposition to this case.”
David Carroll will be eligible for another parole hearing in less than 10 years.
Before his parole hearing, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters and Clermont County Prosecutor Mark Tekulve both pleaded with the public to send letters asking David Carroll to remain incarcerated.
“This guy should never get out,” Deters said. “He can make peace with God later.”
The death of Marcus shocked the region. It prompted policy change at the state level, including increased vetting and background checks for prospective foster parents.
Prosecutors said Marcus was left in a closet, wrapped in a blanket and bound with tape for about 30 hours. Deters said the Carrolls could hear him screaming for help as they left the house to attend a family reunion.
Liz Carroll spoke to the media at the time, pleading with the public to help find her stepson, who had been falsely reported missing. People searched for him for 13 days before Amy Baker, the Carrolls’ “live-in friend,” confessed, prosecutors said.
The case was also unique because it spanned much of southwest Ohio. Liz Carroll first reported Marcus missing in Anderson Township, Hamilton County. It was the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office that opened an investigation into the case.
Marcus’ foster care case was handled by Butler County Children’s Services. The case was eventually tried in Clermont County where the Carrolls lived. David Carroll burned the child’s body in an abandoned chimney in Brown County before he and another woman dumped the remains in the Ohio River.
Liz Carroll took her case to trial. A jury convicted her of multiple felonies. He was sentenced to 54 years in prison and is not eligible for parole until 2060, according to the Ohio Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
Dieters said it wasn’t until his wife was convicted that she agreed to the plea that he offered them both.
David Carroll is currently being held at the Noble Correctional Institute in Caldwell, Ohio.
“I struggle to imagine the utter terror that three-year-old Marcus Fiesel suffered as he was wrapped, taped and left to languish alone by his killers,” Tekulve said. “David Carroll deserves to spend the rest of his life in prison. We owe that to Marcus.”
This article originally appeared in the Cincinnati Enquirer: Parole Denied for Marcus Fiesel’s Killer