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Bloomington Herald-Times

October 10, 2012

Police move Robert Lee to Indianapolis location, new parole district
By Abby Tonsing
October 9, 2012, last update: 10/9 @ 6:41 pm

Murderer Robert E. Lee has been moved out of Bloomington's parole district and is now being housed at a Harding Street inn in the Indianapolis parole district.

A check of Indiana's Sex and Violent Offender Registry by The Herald-Times on Tuesday afternoon showed Lee, 57, is now being housed in a room at America's Best Inn at 4585 S. Harding St. in Indianapolis. The inn is about an hour's drive north on Ind. 37 from Bloomington.

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Lee was convicted in 1987 of the murder of Ellen Marks, a 31-year-old former Indiana University graduate student whose dismembered body was found partially buried on the city's west side. He also has a conviction, from 1973, for an attempted rape at knife point in New York.

Lee served 25 years of a 60-year prison sentence on the murder conviction. With good-time credit plus time off for pursuing an education, Lee was released from the Branchville Correctional Facility on Saturday, Sept. 22, and brought to Bloomington to serve a year of parole.

Lee was turned away from staying at Backstreet Missions and from a second undisclosed location in Bloomington because of the brutality of his crime and because of the attempted rape conviction.

Lee was next moved to Jennings County, where he spent nine days living in a house he shared with a 59-year-old violent sex offender in a rural area called Muscatatuck Caverns near the town of Butlerville.

Last Monday, Lee got moved again. And by Friday, DOC officials confirmed he was moved entirely out of the 21-county parole district that includes Monroe County.

Lee has been transferred to the Indianapolis parole district, which includes the western half of Marion County and also Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Morgan and Shelby counties.

As stipulations of his parole, Lee was immediately fitted with a GPS ankle bracelet upon his release from prison so his whereabouts can be monitored by officials and law enforcement.