Second Pilcher Trial gets underway


The selection of a jury in the 2nd Robert Eugene Pilcher murder trial is expected to continue today in Wapello County District Court in Ottumwa.

Pilcher is charged in connection with the death of Mary Jayne Jones who was 17 years of age at the time of her death.  She was sexually assaulted and shot to death at a farm house west of Ottumwa in April of 1974.

Last year a jury was unable to reach a verdict in the case. Pilcher was charged in connection with the case after DNA linked him to the case.