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Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Parole denied again for ex-church secretary

   Once again, Lorna Anderson has been denied parole for another year.
   The former Emporia church secretary who had her husband killed in 1983 while she was having an affair with the church's minister, Tom Bird, has been passed over for parole for the fifth time.
   Anderson pleaded guilty in 1988 to second-degree murder in the death of her husband, Martin, and was sentenced to 15 years to life. She already had been convicted in 1984 of soliciting not only her husband's murder, but the murder of Bird's wife. That plot failed.
   Bird was convicted of first-degree murder for killing his wife, Sandra, and for solicitation of first-degree murder for the earlier failed attempt on Martin Anderson's life. He served 20 years of a life sentence and was released from prison in 2004.
   The bizarre case was made into a TV miniseries in 1987 called "Murder Ordained."

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