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Man's trial in teen's 1974 slaying enters 2nd week

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jan 21 2014 12:00PM
~ OTTUMWA, Iowa (AP) - After a long weekend, the trial for an Iowa man charged in the 1974 slaying of a 17-year-old girl is expected to resume Tuesday.
 
     Robert "Gene" Pilcher is standing trial in the death of Mary Jayne Jones, who was found beaten and shot to death in a farmhouse near Ottumwa.
 
     Pilcher was a suspect in 1974, but never charged because of a lack of evidence. He was arrested 38 years later after testing linked his DNA to a semen-stained blanket where Mary Jayne's body was found.
 
     Now 67, Pilcher has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder. He says his semen came from a different sexual encounter at the home, which was owned by his cousin.
 
     Tuesday opens the second week of the trial at the Wapello County Courthouse in Ottumwa.
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Location : IowaOttumwa
01/21/2014 12:03PM
Man's trial in teen's 1974 slaying enters 2nd week
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