The Times West Virginian

February 22, 2013

Washington is inmate in West Virginia

Man charged with Windmill Park murders in 1974 must now be arraigned in Marion County

By Debra Minor Wilson
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — Eddie Jack Washington, the Tampa, Fla., resident arrested Feb. 7 for the 1974 triple Windmill Park homicides, is now an inmate at the North Central Regional Jail.

According to jail records, the 59-year-old janitor and sanitation worker was booked at 3:15 a.m. Thursday at the Doddridge County correctional facility.

Although he was arrested and arraigned in Tampa, he must also be arraigned before a Marion County judge for the crimes that shocked the area almost 39 years ago.

The Alabama native is charged with three counts of first-degree murder in the execution-style slayings of Fairmont residents Guy Lester Phillips, 20; his wife, Wanda Jane Phillips, 19; and Billy Ray Cobb, 27, on Aug. 2, 1974. He was 21 years old at the time.

They were found lying face up, lifeless, each shot in the back of the head and laid out in a row, one by one by one.

Washington was arrested without incident Feb. 7 at a Tampa, Fla., grocery store by the U.S. Marshals Service, Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force, Tampa Office.

He waived extradition, setting the wheels in motion for his return to Fairmont.

“He needs to be arraigned on criminal charges,” Fairmont Police Chief Kelley D. Moran said at the time. “Those charges will be for the triple homicide.

“We’ve been looking at the case for the past four months.”

On Wednesday, Washington was no longer listed as an inmate at the Oriental Road Jail in Tampa, where he had been held since his arrest.

 

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