Kulbicki trial has taken heavy toll on the survivors of Gina Nueslein

November 23, 1995|By Elaine Tassy | Elaine Tassy,SUN STAFF

For eight days, Geraldine Nueslein sat quietly with her family in the front row of Baltimore County Circuit Courtroom No. 12, watching the painful retrial in the murder of her daughter, Gina Marie.

Mrs. Nueslein, her husband and their two daughters endured seeing photos of Gina's skull fragments, of blood-stained seat belts and of the 22-year-old woman's body, which was found in Gunpowder Falls State Park on Jan. 10, 1993. They also heard defense witnesses defame Gina, saying she was not as virtuous as prosecutors portrayed her.

Sometimes Mrs. Nueslein, 47, cried and shook her head, while a witness advocate handed her tissues and rubbed her back. At other times, she got up shakily and left the courtroom.

Going through the trial was "very frustrating, annoying," she said during one break in the retrial of former Baltimore police Sgt. James Allan Kulbicki -- who last night was found guilty of %J first-degree murder.

During the retrial, family members stuck together, sitting close to each other and talking together on benches and over lunch in a nearby cafeteria during breaks.

The victim's father, Joseph Nueslein, 49, and his daughters, Eve Corbett, 26, and Jennifer Nueslein, 18, took off almost every day from Smith Kline Beecham Medical Laboratories without pay to attend the retrial.

Mrs. Nueslein usually takes care of her two grandchildren -- Michael, a 4-year-old bright-eyed, dark-haired boy conceived in an affair between Gina and Kulbicki, and Jennifer's 2-year-old son, Gino, who was born a month after Gina died and named after her.

The family has sought to insulate the youngsters from the grim reality that Michael's mother was murdered by his father.

Gina is talked about and prayed for in the Nueslein household in the 3300 block of Ramona Ave. in Baltimore. Her photo hangs prominently in the house.

The trial and the loss of Gina have taken a toll. Family members have been reclusive, planning to spend Thanksgiving by themselves. "We don't go anywhere," Mrs. Nueslein said. "Since Gina passed, we just feel more comfortable at home."

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