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Plea Deals in Dismemberment Case Upset Family

Posted February 19, 2007

— A Johnston County couple charged with killing two people and burying the bodies under their home a decade ago pleaded guilty Monday under plea deals that upset a victim's family.

Bobby Pollard, 35, and Cecillia Louise Pollard, 35, both of 1294 Lizzie Mill Road in Selma, agreed to plea bargains in connection with the 1997 deaths of Ceasar Ruvalcava Ortiz and Robin Clark.

A year ago, investigators found plastic bags of decomposing body parts buried under the farmhouse and in a freezer beneath a shed at the Pollards' Selma home. A chainsaw and a power saw was also buried under the shed, authorities said.

The remains were later matched through DNA to Ortiz and his girlfriend, Clark, who authorities said spent time with the Pollards in 1997. Clark was a niece of Louise Pollard.

Under deals reached between the defendants and former Johnston County District Attorney Tom Lock, Bobby Pollard pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to seven to 10 years in prison. Louise Pollard pleaded guilty to being an accessory to murder and was sentenced to five to seven years in jail.

Clark's family expressed frustration at the deals, saying they wanted the case to go to trial.

"They could walk in fewer years than they hid Robin's and Ceasar's bodies," said Glenda Michael, Clark's mother. "You kill two people, and then you get away with it. That's not right."

Johnston County District Attorney Susan Doyle said she plans to move forward with the plea deals.

"We believe the resolution will be in the best interest of all parties involved," Doyle said in a statement to WRAL.

Pollard told investigators that he killed Ortiz in self-defense, Assistant District Attorney Ann Kirby said in court.

"Bobby told deputies during his interview that, when Caesar turned around and reached for his waistband, Bobby shot him," Kirby said. "Twenty to 30 minutes later, Louise called (Pollard) and told him she shot Robin with the same gun that he shot Caesar with."

Authorities said Bobby Pollard has suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder since his two young daughters were killed in a mobile home fire near Holly Springs in 1993.

The defense arguments didn't appease Clark's family, who said the murders deserved a stiffer punishment.

"I think it should've been life (in prison) because that's what he took from her," family friend Angel Kennedy said.

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  • crow Feb 22, 2007

    ok I know the family I knew Robin and I was there through all this with the family. I'm thankful that Wral covered this but there is a fact every one is leaving out that I belive you should all know. Both Robin and Cesar were shot in the "BACK" of their heads. DA says viable claim of self defence. Sorry but I don't belive in a magic bullet that flys around behind its victim.

  • smithfielddog Feb 21, 2007

    Would you be happier if they had been acquitted at trial? An accusation does not equal evidence.

    And sentences are not "cut in half for good behavior." You serve the minimum at least, no matter what.

  • siskennedy05 Feb 20, 2007

    i took robin to church, watched her vitality for life spill
    over to people around her, and she was so full of life. it is
    a crying shame that she was robbed of living her life because
    poor little bobby and louise lost their 2 kids. there is no
    excuse for what they did.i don't care what happened in 1993,
    robin nor cesar didn't do it.so i don't feel any compassion for them, i hope they are tormented the rest of their lives.

  • highergame4me Feb 20, 2007

    I really don't know how some lawmakers can sleep even with the legal/nonlegal pills.

  • snugglebug Feb 20, 2007

    I know Louise and Bobby from years ago. They lost two children in a terrible fire. They know the pain of loosing a child. As parents that had lost children how could they kill someone's 16 year child! Robin was her family and they grew up together!! I hope that this haunts them for the rest of their lives and that people recognize these freaks everywhere they go. In this caes society will have to punish since Johnston county can not. How can you kill 2 people and mutilate and burn their bodies and then get a slap on the wrist? Beware because in under 10 years these demons will be back on the street to do it to your 16 year old child!!! I think that the DA should be ashamed of her self and Johnston county should be ashamed they elected someone that is this slack and does not want to do their job! How is this justice???

  • romeopm Feb 20, 2007

    mr. hunt gets life in prison for a crime he didnt comment but these two gets a slap on the wrist for a crime they admitted? yea thats justice!

  • Roach Feb 20, 2007

    I don't understand a legal system that would even offer a plea deal in such a gruesome case. These freaks can be out doing this again in 7 to 10 years!!!
    This is why people take legal matters into their own hands...causing them to be victimized once again.
    I am so sorry for the greiving families. This is like a sucker punch to the groin for them.

  • bsmith17603 Feb 20, 2007

    Give these people the maximum sentence possible. If he has PTSD than he needs to be in rehab. Why does everyone think that just because you have a problem you should get a lighter sentence. What an excuse!!!
    What if all of the females who had PMS said I need a lighter sentence because I killed my husband or abused my kids. People need toget a life and grow up

  • Fence Straddler Feb 20, 2007

    I hope this is not going to set precedence for the next 4 years District Attorney - Susan Doyle or come next election the people are going to vote you out.
    You making decisions like this shows a "Lack of Vision" for the direction Johnston County, North Carolina is trying to go.
    You decided now the voters will decide later

    (I hope you understand this decision will follow you to the polls - next election).

    Durham has its problems w/M. Nifong don't let Johnston County have a problem w/S. Doyle?

  • imrickjamesbitch Feb 20, 2007

    "Just how gruesome does murder need to be to get the death penalty?"
    Nobody cares about some migrant worker and his tossed away minor girlfriend. You have to kill a cop or something to get the death penalty.