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(Ottumwa)— A 67 year old Ottumwa man charged with murder in connection with a case dating back to 1974 will not be going on trial anytime soon.

Robert Pilcher was arrested last year in Des Moines by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and the Wapello County Sheriff’s Department in connection with the shooting death of Mary Jayne Jones.

The incident occurred in 1974 at a farm west of Ottumwa near Blakesburg.

The trial was expected to begin in May, but was continued to October.  The trial is not expected to begin until January 14thof next year.


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