The Times West Virginian

November 21, 2013

Washington enters plea on conspiracy charges

In case of 1974 Windmill Park homicides

By Debra Minor Wilson
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — Eddie Jack Washington, charged with the triple first-degree 1974 Windmill Park homicides, entered an Alford plea agreement to three counts of conspiracy to commit a felony Thursday morning at Division I Circuit Court at the Marion County Courthouse.

He was sentenced to two to 10 years in a state correctional facility. Had he been found guilty on the murder charges, the 60-year-old custodian and garbage collector faced life in prison.

During the first three days of the trial, which was expected to continue to perhaps Nov. 26, forensic experts, law enforcement and personal acquaintances testified to his guilt or innocence.

He was arrested in February in Tampa, Fla., nearly 40 years after the execution-style slayings that shocked Marion County.

Another co-defendant, Phillip Reese Bush, was arrested shortly after. He is serving life sentences at the Mount Olive Correctional Complex on a double-homicide conviction in 1983.

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