Jury deliberations resume in trial over 1974 death
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department
posted Jan 27 2014 9:41AM
~ OTTUMWA, Iowa (AP) - Jurors have resumed deliberations at the trial of a man charged in the 1974 slaying of a 17-year-old girl found dead at an Iowa farmhouse.
The Wapello County jury convened Monday to consider the case against Robert "Gene" Pilcher in the death of Mary Jayne Jones.
Jurors could find Pilcher guilty of first-degree murder, of two lesser charges or acquit him. They started deliberating Thursday afternoon.
Pilcher maintains his innocence in the death of Jones, who was found beaten and shot to death at the house near Ottumwa.
Prosecutors say Pilcher is tied to the crime through evidence that links his DNA to semen on a blanket on which Jones' body was found.
Pilcher's defense lawyers say the DNA came from another sexual encounter in that bed with another woman.