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March 5, 2013

VIDEO- Washington to stand trial this summer

Man indicted for 1974 murders at Windmill Park arraigned Monday

FAIRMONT — Eddie Jack Washington, one of two men indicted on three counts of first-degree murder in the 1974 Windmill Park homicides, will stand trial for those crimes during the June term of Marion County Circuit Court.

He was also indicted on one count of conspiracy to commit a felony. He was arrested Feb. 7 in Tampa, Fla., after a renewed interest in the decades-old murder case.

In an arraignment Monday before Marion Circuit Judge Michael Aloi, Washington pleaded not guilty to all four counts.

Capitol murder carries a penalty of life in prison. Conspiracy has a penalty of one to five years in prison, a fine of up to $10,000 or both.



Aloi asked the subdued Washington if he understood the charges and penalties.

“Yes,” he said.

Aloi then asked him to stand.

“Are you Eddie Jack Washington?” he asked.

“Yes,” he said.

“Are you the same Eddie Jack Washington as charged?” he asked.

“Yes,” the defendant said.

“Have you reviewed the indictment and discussed it with your attorney?”

“Yes.”

Defense attorney Neil Hamilton requested a continuance from the originally scheduled trial date of May 15. Because the trial was kicked back to the June term, it can take place any time from the beginning of June through the end of August.

Marion County Prosecuting Attorney Patrick N. Wilson represented the state.

 

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