Marsh's death to end criminal but not civil cases

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Associated Press

Posted on June 18, 2014 at 11:03 PM

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Felony child sexual molestation charges against Stanley Marsh 3 likely will be dismissed by next week, the cases' prosecutor said Wednesday.

Marsh, the eccentric Texas businessman-turned-artist responsible for the burying of 10 Cadillacs nose-down along Interstate 40 in the Panhandle, died Tuesday.

No trial date had been set for the 14 felony counts against Marsh that alleged he paid then-teenage boys to perform sex acts at his Amarillo office.

Prosecutor Baron Slack said Wednesday he'll begin paperwork this week requesting a judge dismiss the charges.

Two men filed civil lawsuits against Marsh in October, alleging he was a serial molester and had paid them to perform sex acts. The suits are pending and depositions have begun. The lawsuits also name Marsh's wife, son and associates.

Marsh had remained out of the public spotlight in recent years after he suffered a series of incapacitating strokes. In 2013, he was indicted on the charges that likely will be dismissed: eight felony counts of sexual performance by a child, four counts of sexual assault of a child and two counts of indecency with a child.

Last year, Marsh settled lawsuits filed before his indictment from 10 teens who alleged he paid them for sex acts.

"It's unfortunate that his entire story couldn't be told before he passed away," Marsh's civil attorney, Kelly Utsinger, told the Amarillo Globe-News.

"Cadillac Ranch" is a row of 10 cars — ranging from a 1949 club coupe to a 1963 sedan — that quickly became a tourist attraction after Marsh commissioned a radical art and design collective to build it in 1974. The cars — acquired from junkyards, private owners and used car lots — were moved a mile closer to Amarillo in 1997.

The sometimes graffiti-splattered cars have been painted other colors at times, including pink camouflage for an Amarillo breast cancer awareness event in 2005. The display celebrates its 40th anniversary Saturday.

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