“Again, our sympathies go out to the family,” Timmins said. “They’ve waited 40 years for this, and now we have a little bit longer to wait. But we do intend on going forward.”
Judith Cabanillas, Jones’ sister, issued a statement on behalf of Jones’ family following the announcement of a mistrial and retrial. In the statement, the family extended gratitude to everyone involved in the case and trial “for their time and diligence,” and reiterated the fact that they are seeking a retrial in the case.
“Although the jury in this matter could not come to a unanimous decision on the verdict in this trial, our family firmly believes that the defendant, Robert Pilcher, is guilty of the brutal and senseless murder,” Cabanillas said in the statement. “It is our hope that the county along with the attorney general’s office will continue to pursue this matter and one day obtain justice for my sister, Mary Jayne Jones.”
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A retrial was requested by the prosecuting attorneys after the mistrial was granted, and a little after 4 p.m. the order for a retrial was filed as public record. The retrial has been scheduled for March 25 and is expected to last 10 days.