Man charged with 2009 rape of disabled woman

By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor

A Utah man who previously lived in Calera has been indicted on a first-degree rape charge in connection with the 2009 rape of a “woman who was physically helpless or mentally incapacitated.”

Marullo

Marullo

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange’s office announced the indictment of 36-year-old Salt Lake City resident Michael Francis Marullo on Feb. 13 after a Shelby County grand jury handed down the indictment on Dec. 13, 2013. The indictment came after the Attorney General’s Cold Case Unit presented evidence related to the case to the grand jury.

According to court records, Marullo previously lived on Ivy Trace in Calera.

Court records did not list details related to Marullo’s charges, but Strange’s office said the alleged incident occurred on Aug. 1 or Aug. 2, 2009. Marullo surrendered to the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office on Jan. 25.

First-degree rape is a Class A felony. If convicted of the crime, Marullo could face between 10 and 99 years in prison.

Marullo currently is being held in the Shelby County Jail on a $40,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in the Shelby County Courthouse for arraignment at 8:30 a.m. on Feb. 24.