Family Responds To Lawsuit Centered On Loved One's Case

The federal lawsuit accuses law enforcement of violating three teens' civil rights during their homeless uncle's murder investigation.
The family of an Evansville man who died in 2012 is speaking out for the first time about a lawsuit centered around their loved one's case. The federal lawsuit accuses law enforcement of violating three teens' civil rights during their homeless uncle's murder investigation.

In June 2012 William, Deadra and Andrea Hurt were among four teens arrested in connection with the murder of Marcus Golike. According to family members, the young people thought of Golike as an uncle because their mother was his foster sister. Officers dismissed charges against Andrea early in the investigation, the Vanderburgh County Prosecutor's Office later dropped charges against Deadra, and William was acquitted in a jury trial. The three teens and their mother, Debbie Hurt, are seeking unspecified damages in the lawsuit. They claim law enforcement intentionally framed the teens through coerced false confessions and fabricated evidence.

Harley Wade, the fourth teen arrested at the time of the Golike's death, is not listed as a plaintiff on the lawsuit. He's currently being held in the Vanderburgh County Jail on $70 thousand bond for an unrelated crime. Wade reportedly lived with the Hurt family at the time of the incident.

"It's just blood money that's all it is. Blood money. I have no use for that. I'm a God fearing woman and that's one way to go to hell," says Mary Golike, the victim's sister-in-law.

For a family already in shambles from accusations that their loved one died at the hands of his young nieces and nephew, the lawsuit deepens their grief.

"I was shocked I was like what else can they do? What else can these people do? I've never met such a cold hearted bunch of people in my life," says Golike. "This is like taking a knife, putting it in their heart and just keep twisting. I mean that's exactly how it feels."

The lawsuit suggests Golike's death wasn't a murder at all, but instead, a suicide. It poses the idea that he voluntarily jumped off the Twin Bridges. Mary Golike says it couldn't be suicide given the information she received about the manner in which his body was found.

"Personally I think the whole lawsuit is called guilt ... They all got out of it and what are they all doing now? Stirring up (explicative) again," says Golike. "I hope they don't get a dime and I hope this guilt eats them alive."

Still reeling from their loss, the Golikes are frustrated and saddened over the pending litigation. But they say the greatest tragedy of all is what's kept them up at night for more than two years: the unknown, the unsolved, and the family ties fractured along the way.

To this day, no one has ever been convicted for Golike's murder. Many members of his Golike family fear they will never see justice for his death. "As far as getting a conclusion and saying OK this is how it happened, I think those days are gone," says Mary Golike. "It's something that we're just gonna have to live with and deal with and cope with."

Evansville and Kentucky State Police Officers, the City of Evansville and the Kentucky Medical Examiner are named as defendants on the lawsuit.
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