Prosecutor asks jurors to convict Iowa man of murder in 17-year-old girl's 1974 slaying

  • by: RYAN J. FOLEY , Associated Press
  • Updated: January 23, 2014 - 5:20 PM

OTTUMWA, Iowa — Despite a lack of direct evidence connecting Robert "Gene" Pilcher to the killing of a 17-year-old waitress at his cousin's Iowa farmhouse, investigators immediately suspected him in the 1974 death, a prosecutor told jurors Thursday at his murder trial.

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