The finalization of a recent West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals decision will lead Marion County Prosecuting Attorney Pat Wilson to ask for the charges Phillip Bush faced in a 1974 murder case to be dismissed. In 1983, Bush was convicted of two counts of first degree murder for the deaths of Charles Goff and Kathleen Williams. He was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole. Bush appealed those convictions in Ohio County Circuit Court, which granted him relief, based on the wording of a charge in that case. Earlier this year, the Supreme Court reversed that decision and reinstated Bush's convictions. That decision was recently finalized.
Bush is currently charged with three counts of murder and one count of conspiracy in the 1974 Windmill Park murders. Given that he will spend the rest of his life in prison on the 1983 convictions, Wilson will ask that the charges in the 1974 case be dismissed, he said in a news release. Dismissing the charges will save Marion County tens of thousands of dollars, Wilson said.
Bush, 66, is currently serving his life sentence in the Mount Olive Correctional Facility.
Eddie Washington, 61, pleaded guilty last year, in the Windmill Park case. He is serving his sentence in the McDowell County Correctional Facility and is scheduled for release in 2018.