Case Dropped Against Mercer County Man in 1972 Murder

PRINCETON–┬áProsecutors say a case against a man indicted in the December 1972 slaying of a woman in West Virginia has been dismissed based on missing evidence.

The Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports the case against 76-year-old Tommie Lee Mollohan was dismissed without prejudice Wednesday, meaning it can be brought again if new evidence is found. Prosecutors say the murder weapon and other items went missing when a police department moved.

In February, Mollohan was indicted on charges that include first-degree murder in Mary Osborne’s death after the FBI matched a latent fingerprint. Bluefield police Sgt. Kenny Adams wrote Mollohan had been an escaped fugitive when he broke into a church and used a hammer to kill Osborne.

Mollohan was convicted in a 1973 killing and is currently serving time in prison.

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