Hung Jury in Pilcher Trial


(Ottumwa)— After 5 days of deliberations a Wapello County District court jury declared it could not reach a unanimous verdict in the murder trial of 67 year old Robert Gene Pilcher.

Pilcher is charged in connection with the death of Mary Jane Jones of Ottumwa who was beaten and shot to death at a farmhouse near Blakesburg 40 years ago.  At the time of the crime……….Jones was 17 years of age.  Pilcher was charged with the crime in 2012 after DNA linked him to Jones death.

Again after 5 days of deliberations, a Wapello County district court jury ended in a hung jury.

A retrial is scheduled for March 25th