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The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has reinstated Phillip Reese Bush's conviction for two first degree murder charges in connection to his 1983 conviction for the murders of Charles Dale Goff and Kathleen Jane Williams.

In a ruling issued Wednesday afternoon, the W.Va. Supreme Court of Appeals cites that the habeas court committed error in granting relief based on the trial court's substitution of 'first degree sexual assault' for 'rape' in jury instructions issued during the trial.  As a result, the court reversed the Feb. 15, 2013 Circuit Court of Ohio order and reinstated the charges, according to the court filing. 

Bush was charged by Fairmont Police in February 2013 for his involvement in the 1974 Windmill Park murders of Guy Lester Phillips, Wanda June Phillips, and Billy Ray Cobb, along with his co-defendant, Eddie Jack Washington, who entered an Alford plea in the case for three counts of conspiracy to commit a felony in Nov. 2013.  Washington was sentenced to one to five years on each count.  .Bush has been incarcerated in Mount Olive Correctional Center since his 1983 conviction. 
Marion County Prosecutor Patrick Wilson said Friday the decision of the Supreme Court to reinstate the murder charges will not be final for 30 days. He will make a decision on whether or not to pursue Bush's charges in the 1974 Windmill Park murders at that time.