The trial of a man accused in a 1974 Fairmont triple murder got underway in Marion County Monday, November 18.
Eddie Jack Washington, 60, is charged with three counts of first degree murder and conspiracy in connection with the Windmill Park murders of Lester Phillips, 20, Wanda Jane Phillips, 19, and Billy Ray Cobb, 27.
Jury selection began in Judge Michael Aloi's chambers Monday morning and continued with a trip to Windmill Park in Fairmont. Opening arguments were scheduled for Monday afternoon and jurors will hear from a witness for the defense, a doctor, who will testify out of order due to a scheduling conflict. The prosecution is expected to start its case late Monday or early Tuesday.
The bodies of Guy Lester Phillips, Wanda June Phillips, and Billy Ray Cobb were discovered at Windmill Park in the Jackson Addition area of Fairmont. Lawn keepers found the bodies in an open field inside the city park in the morning hours of August 2, 1974. All three people were shot to death, said Fairmont Police.
Washington was arrested in Tampa, Fla. in February 2012. Phillip Reese Bush is also charged in the murders.