Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

November 18, 2013

W.Va. trial to start for man accused of killing 3

Associated Press

FAIRMONT — 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.