The CNHI News Service reports that a man already serving time for a murder conviction has been indicted in another cold murder case in West Virginia. Tomie Lee Mollohan was sentenced to life in prison for a murder that occurred in Charleston, but his fingerprints have since been matched to evidence recovered from the murder of Mary Osborne. Osborne was killed just two weeks before Mollohan’s other victim.
On December 28, 1972, Osborne was taking the trash out at the First Church of God when she was beaten with a hammer. Her murder remained unsolved until this week.
A fingerprint found on a faucet in the church was linked to Mollohan using revolutionary biomatch technology.
Osborne was described as a church woman who was under five feet tall and “85 pounds soaking wet.” She was a teacher for youth classes at the church and had two part-time jobs.
Her body was found around 10 a.m. by the pastor at the time, who called police. She was found lying face down in a pool of blood. The murder weapon was found at the scene as well, and had been washed.
Mollohan’s criminal history includes two prison escapes and the 1973 murder of Celbert Pauley, who was killed just two weeks after Osborne and 100 miles north of the church.
Investigators discovered that Mollohan escaped from a prison in West Virginia just days prior to Osborne’s murder, and had ridden a bus to the terminal next to the church.
Since Mollohan is already serving a life sentence in a state that does not have a death penalty, any conviction in the case will not result in additional reparations for Mollohan.
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