FAIRMONT, W.Va.– One of two men charged in connection with the 1974 Windmill Park murders in Fairmont will not face prosecution for the crimes in Marion County. Phillip Reese Bush is already serving life sentence for two other murders in Ohio County.  

Phillip Bush

Marion County Prosecutor Pat Wilson said Friday he decided not to bring Bush to trial in the Windmill Park case since Bush will never get out of prison anyway. He said dropping the charges will save the county tens of thousands of dollars in legal expenses.

Forty years ago, Guy Lester Phillips, 20, his wife, Wanda Jane Phillips, 19, and Billy Ray Cobb, 27, were murdered execution style in the Windmill Park section of Fairmont. Authorities believed the murders were part of a drug deal gone bad.

The case remained unsolved until last year.

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  • Dumb Liberals

    Why try him? After all, the possibility of a liberal democrat, (d) governor or president pardoning him is slim to none. Pull your head out!!!!!

    You Nolle Prosequi this POS when, and only when, his dead and lifeless shell is carted out the back door of the prison and thrown in the garbage truck (and that's an insult to garbage).

    This is just laziness on the part of a prosecutor with no purpose. He needs to be run FROM office.

  • zero tolerance

    Why waste the money for the same sentence? Already serving life 2x. Good Call!

  • Eric

    Did the families of these murder victims have a chance to weigh in on this decision? Three murdered people surely warrants some input.

  • Not so fast

    I don't have any confidence in any prosecutor in this state or their wisdom. Most are corrupt or simply inept, but you really never know which ones until they expose themselves. Current court events occurring in this state prove that point.

  • Unreal

    Are you serious? When does the prosecutor get to forecast the future? What if Obimbo pardons him? What if he released early for good behavior? We as the taxpayers decide when money is well spent, right? If this were my family, I would be furious. There is no closure without his guilty conviction. Should we burn the town and loot some to get attention? Black America would do just that tonite.

    • It's the truth

      Agree with unreal. Black America would be furious right now.

    • Jason412

      Unreal,

      I think WVU riots enough to cover the rest of us in the state.

    • vashti

      unreal are you serious or really that ignorant

      • Dumb Liberals

        You're calling "unreal" ignorant? Are you that IGNORANT, vashti? It appears so. The blacks, instigated by a half black m0r0n and a race baiting "ag", will riot and loot at the shifting of the winds. They are the poster children of entitlements. FREE! FREE! FREE STUFF! Now where's my m0r0n-care and m0r0n-phone?

        • typical

          Yes, you really are that ignorant; Obama has no authority to pardon him as this is a State conviction, not federal. Only the Governor of this State can issue a pardon. You are the typical knee jerk conservative that blames Obama for everything, including your own ignorance.

    • Chris

      People have to understand that resources are not unlimited. Justice in how many other cases would have to be compromised to get a conviction that has no practical effect? Unless you think that the prosecutor doesn't know shat she's talking about when she says he can't get out. I would much rather have 10 other cases properly prosecuted than have a conviction that will have no impact in how long someone sits in jail.

    • Chris

      People have to understand that resources are not unlimited. Justice in how many other cases would have to be compromised to get a conviction that has no practical effect? Unless you think that the prosecutor does know shat she's talking about when she says he can't get out. I would much rather have 10 other cases properly prosecuted than have a conviction that will have no impact in how long someone sits in jail.

  • Jonus Grumby

    I understand and can appreciate the practicality of the decision by the prosecutor, but it seems callous to put a price on justice. Hopefully Phillip Bush will rot in prison. Another poster child for capital punishment.