Ottumwa cold case remains cold a little longer

Robert Eugene Pilcher, 67

An Ottumwa cold case will remain cold for several more months.

The first degree trial of 67-year-old Robert Eugene Pilcher was scheduled to begin in mid-October, however, according to Iowa courts online, a Wapello County judge has pushed the trial date back until January 14, 2014.

The three month delay in the trial date will delay justice in a case that has been open for nearly four decades.

Mary Jayne Jones, was just 17-years old when her body was found in a rural Wapello County farmhouse in April of 1974.

Jones had been sexually assaulted and shot.

Pilcher, whose cousin owned the farmhouse, was interviewed at the time of the murder, but investigators did not have the evidence to arrest him at the time. It wasn't until November of last year, that DNA testing provided enough evidence to allow law enforcement to arrest Pilcher.

Pilcher remains in custody on a one million dollar bond, and he faces a mandatory life sentence if convicted.