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State trial to start for man accused of killing 3

FAIRMONT, W.Va. -- A man charged in the 1974 slayings of three people in Fairmont is set to go on trial.

Sixty-year-old Eddie Jack Washington's trial starts Monday in Marion County Circuit Court on three first-degree murder counts and a conspiracy count.

He's accused of killing 20-year-old Lester Phillips, 19-year-old Wanda Jane Phillips and 27-year-old Billy Ray Cobb at Windmill Park.

Washington was arrested in February in Tampa, Fla., where he'd been living for more than a decade.

A co-defendant, Phillip Reese Bush, also awaits trial. Bush is serving life sentences at Mount Olive Correctional Complex for two first-degree murder convictions in Ohio County.

 


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