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Mistrial extends wait for family in 1974 slaying

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jan 31 2014 9:40AM

~  OTTUMWA, Iowa (AP) - The family of a 17-year-old girl who was beaten and shot to death in 1974 at an Iowa farmhouse must wait a little longer for the justice they seek.
 
     A judge declared a mistrial Thursday in the case of Robert "Gene" Pilcher, who was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Mary Jayne Jones.
 
     Jurors said they could not agree on a verdict after a week of deliberations at the Wapello County Courthouse in Ottumwa.
 
     Prosecutors have indicated they will retry Pilcher. A second trial is set for March 25.
 
     Jones' family said they were disappointed but wouldn't give up "seeing justice in this matter."

 

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01/31/2014 9:42AM
Mistrial extends wait for family in 1974 slaying
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