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February 8, 2013

Arrest made in Windmill murders

Cold case has new lead nearly 40 years later

FAIRMONT — The Windmill murders — a true mystery that has plagued Fairmont for almost 40 years — may have been solved with the arrest of a man in Florida in the triple execution-style slayings of three Fairmont residents.

Eddie Jack Washington, 59, was arrested without incident Thursday morning at a Tampa, Fla., grocery store by the U.S. Marshals Service, Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force, Tampa Office.

In the early morning hours of Aug. 2, 1974, groundskeepers at Windmill Park made a grisly discovery: Three individuals lay face up in the dewey grass, lifeless, each shot in the back of the head.

They were identified as Guy Lester Phillips, 20, and his wife, Wanda Jane Phillips, 19, and Billy Ray Cobb, 27, all of Fairmont’s Montgomery Avenue area.

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