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January 16, 2014

Several witnesses called in Pilcher trial

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If Jones was indeed lying down, that would explain why Division of Criminal Investigations (DCI) agents at the scene in 1974 found the two bullets directly under where they exited her body into the bed she was lying on. Michael Peterson, a former DCI agent who was on the scene in 1974, testified Thursday that agents found one bullet in the foam pad and one bullet that had went through the bed and floor and was found in the dirt under the floor.

The other witnesses called to the stand Thursday included Diana Fairchild. She is the ex-wife of Pilcher, and the two were married in 1974. Part of her testimony was that Pilcher picked her up from her job at approximately 5 p.m. on the day of the murder, but she did not notice anything suspicious from his behavior and did not recollect ever having to wash blood off of his clothing.

Another ex-lover, and the only person who has ever heard Pilcher mention possibly killing someone in the Ottumwa area, also took the stand Thursday. Kim Armstrong, who was in a relationship with Pilcher for six or seven years until 2012, claimed in her testimony that Pilcher had told her that he had “offed someone” in the Ottumwa area “many years earlier.”

Armstrong claimed that Pilcher mentioned "offing someone" while the two were under the influence of crack cocaine. She has also admitted to huffing paint every day for years and taking several other drugs.

Pilcher and Armstrong, according to her, would often get high and talk about their inner feelings, and usually he would tell stories that she never believed, except for the story about Ottumwa.

The trial will continue Friday morning at 9 a.m., and then will be out of session until Tuesday. Court will not be in session on Monday due to Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

— To see reporter Josh Vardaman's Twitter feed, go to @CourierJosh

 

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