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Collegeville Strangler Caleb Fairley Requests New Trial

Caleb Fairley, sentenced to two life sentences for the strangulation deaths of Lisa Marie Manderach and her 19-month-old daughter in Collegeville in 1995, is requesting a new trial.

According to the Daily Times, convicted murderer Caleb Fairley is requesting a new trial, or failing that, a new sentencing hearing for the murder of Limerick resident Lisa Marie Manderach and her 19-month-old daughter, Devon, in Collegeville in 1995.

Farley reportedly strangled Manderach and her daughter while they were shopping at his parents' "Kidz & Mine" clothing store in the Collegeville Shopping Center on Sept. 10, 1995. He was convicted of first-degree murder in April 1996 and received two consecutive life sentences.

Fairley, formerly of Upper Merion, filed the request on his own behalf without the aid of a lawyer. He is basing his request on a recent ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court finding mandatory life terms for juveniles unconstitutional. Fairley, who was 21 at the time of the murder, argued that recent appellate court findings support the idea that "a person’s biological process is typically incomplete until the person reaches his or her mid-twenties."

Prosecutors are expected to oppose the request.

Montgomery County Commissioner Bruce Castor, Jr., who served as First Assistant District Attorney at the time of the trial, declined to comment on Fairley's efforts, but spoke of his personal feelings towards the case.

"I no longer speak for the District Attorney's Office. But I will come to court and laugh when he makes the argument," Castor said in an e-mail.

Read more about the case and Fairley's request here

Lenora September 26, 2012 at 02:03 PM
it goes to show that after all this time he is still crazy.....he should just rot there
Christine R September 26, 2012 at 02:16 PM
I agree Lenora, where is Lisa and Devon's 2nd chance?
Paula Goff September 26, 2012 at 02:51 PM
What a sick, disgusting individual.
Concerned citizen September 26, 2012 at 03:03 PM
This guy wasn't crazy. He was evil. He knew what he was doing and had an IQ supposedly above 150. He's where he belongs.
Rachel T September 26, 2012 at 03:10 PM
What a joke-terrible enough he murdered a woman but a child?? Too bad someone already didn't finish him off in prison by now
Carol L. Custer September 26, 2012 at 03:22 PM
What an idiot! It's not like he was 18 and 3 months. He was 21 for God's sake. If he had not been caught after Lisa Marie's and Devon's killings, I'm sure he would be a serial molester and killer by now. Shame he couldn't have gotten the electric chair. He'd have been a perfect candidate.
Cheryl C. September 26, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Lisa was a friend from school, I am disgusted by what I am reading. This brings back so much raw emotion.
Cynthia Vesci September 26, 2012 at 03:50 PM
All I can say is disgusting, he deserves 100 life sentences for what he did. The poor Manderach family, to have to go through this again.
Faye Heidel September 26, 2012 at 03:54 PM
I think we all agree Caleb is where he belongs, if not six feet under!
Roy Martin September 26, 2012 at 04:48 PM
I was always hoping one of the guards would "look the other way" and Farley would get what he really deserved. Consecutive life sentences were too good for this piece of human garbage.
wendy b September 26, 2012 at 05:02 PM
i agree and who does he think he is he just a sick sick bastard that deseves worse then what he got
missdirection1111 September 26, 2012 at 08:10 PM
I'm praying for THE MANDERACH FAMILY. May you never have to go through the court hell again. Enough is enough.
Cynthia A Manderach- Organtini September 27, 2012 at 03:14 AM
Thank you missdirection1111 for your prayers, and your comment, Enough is . None of us ever want to go there again. Thank you,
Rob Llewellyn December 22, 2012 at 04:55 PM
I watched the Caleb Fairley story on the TV program Forensic Files. As I was watching I couldn't help but remember Stephanie Ann Roper. I never knew her personally but my father knew her very well and taught her at Frostburg State University. Stephanie was kidnapped in the early 1980s by two men who raped and murdered her and they set her body on fire to destroy any evidene. Stephanie's murder also received national attention. What is horrifying is that even though the two men were sentenced to life in prison they were still eligible for parole. Even more frightening was that the courts were reviewing their parole cases in the mid-1990s. Stephanie's mother is now an advocate for victims rights and I have heard her speak sever times. The two men who murdered Stephanie should NEVER be allowed back in society again and neither should Caleb Fairley. God bless the Manderachs and the Ropers.

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