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March 22, 2014

Killer David Dart to go before parole board in May


Prior to the January hearing, the parole board received a torrent of communications from residents of the Oneonta region opposed to Dart's release. The opposition was led by the victim's sister, Jennifer Kirkpatrick, an office manger for an Oneonta dental practice who had found Gibbons lifeless body in the parking lot that day while searching for her.

Kirkpatrick is again seeking support in her campaign to keep Dart locked up.

 In a Facebook posting, she wrote: "I've been a bit overwhelmed after the last parole hearing for DD (David Dart). It is time again for the letters, e-mails and online statements to prevent parole for David Dart. I need everyone's help again."

In January, parole commissioners asked Dart why he repeatedly stabbed a woman he didn't know.

 “I really have no excuse," he responded, according to a parole hearing transcript obtained by The Daily Star. "I was a little high and drinking that day. But I can’t blame it on the drugs because before I took the drugs I was sober, so I can’t even blame it on that.”

Otsego County District Attorney John Muehl said he hopes that Dart's parole application will be rejected again.

 "I believe he is a danger to the community," the prosecutor said. "If he hadn't been arrested when he was for this crime, I believe he would have continued to kill women."

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