The Ottumwa Courier

December 19, 2012

Arraignment set in 1974 murder case

Ottumwa Courier

OTTUMWA — An arraignment has been set for the man charged in the 1974 murder of Mary Jayne Jones.

Robert Eugene Pilcher, 66, of Des Moines, was charged with first-degree murder on Nov. 13 after DNA evidence linked him to the 38-year-old crime. Jones was sexually assaulted and shot to death in a farmhouse west of Ottumwa in April 1974.

Pilcher’s arraignment has been set for 9:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 7.