A farmhouse slaying of a 17 year old girl by a man, who is now in his late 60s, remains undecided upon by a jury. The verdict is still pending and the hung jury, which has wracked its brains out to decide the sentence to be awarded to the murderer, is to meet soon.
The gruesome homicide took place in 1974. The accused named Gene is now an old man. And the victim had sperm stains belonging to this man on the blanket she slept on. He is adamant that though he slept with her, he never killed her. The latest DNA testing proves otherwise.
The judge Robert Meadows has told the jurors to retire to their homes till Wednesday when the final decision will be taken. All the evidence points in the direction of the old man being guilty as accused. But there is no 100% guarantee that he was the murderer. And therein lies the rub.
Gene’s attorney has insisted that some of the semen on the blanket belonged to someone else. He has cast aspersions on the fact that it was Gene who responsible for the ghastly murder. The girl was bludgeoned with a gun repeatedly before receiving rifle wounds in the head and heart from which she died.
Since Gene was the one who had easy access to the place where she was murdered, he remains the prime suspect in the case. The man went scot-free for quite a while. But then when the case was re-opened four years ago, the evidence came spilling out of the labs.