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Murder of Sharron Erickson by James Marrs profiled on A Time To Kill

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James Marrs pleaded guilty to the second-degree murder of Sharron Erickson. Pic credit: Nebraska Dept. of Corrections

A Time To Kill is investigating the savage murder of recently retired Sharron Erickson by neighbor James Marrs in the quiet town of Colon, Nebraska, in 2003.

Marrs had been living a mere 73 feet away from Erickson, a beloved and valuable member of the community, when he invaded her home and strangled her to death in the most brutal manner.

During the night of June 30, 2003, Marrs entered Erickson’s property without her knowledge. While she slept, he scaled a six-foot fence, pried open a screen door with a chisel, and cut the telephone wire.

Marrs also set off an alarm causing Erickson to awake and grab an unloaded Beretta firearm, which she hoped would scare off the intruder. Unfortunately, that failed to work as the twisted killer began to chase the 66-year-old retiree.

Erickson attempted to escape by running to her car in a garage across the street, but Marrs caught up to her and beat and strangled her to death.

Sharron Erickson fought back hard against James Marrs

An autopsy revealed that Erickson had multiple defense wounds and that Marrs had punched her in the face. He then strangled her with his hands before he switched to pinning her neck with his foot. He had also sexually assaulted her.

It was the sexual assault that led to Marr’s downfall as the cops were able to get a DNA sample of sperm from Erickson’s clothing, which matched his profile. He tried to claim that he had had a consensual sexual affair with the pensioner, but the police weren’t buying his lies.

Marrs managed to implicate himself further while awaiting trial in custody by admitting to no less than eight inmates that he was the killer.

In the end, Marrs finally admitted what he’d done and decided to plead guilty to second-degree murder. He was sentenced to life in prison but will be eligible for parole from 2026.

More from A Time To Kill

Follow the links to read about more murders investigated on A Time To Kill.

Torey Adamcik and Brian Draper were two twisted teenagers who decided they wanted to kill someone. They chose 16-year-old Cassie Jo Stoddart, who was by herself minding a home for relatives. The killers broke into the house and brutally butchered their so-called school friend.

Police Officer Steven Rios began having a secret affair with 23-year-old student Jesse Valencia after he’d arrested him while breaking up a college party. When Valencia threatened to expose their relationship, Rios responded by slashing the student’s throat.

A Time To Kill airs at 9/8c on Investigation Discovery.

Jerry was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, but is now based in the UK. He specializes in true crime and entertainment news stories. When not writing for Monsters and Critics he loves watching...read more

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