UPDATE: Inmate arraigned in 45 year old murder case

Mercer County

UPDATE MARCH 1, 2018

BLUEFIELD, W. Va. (WVNS)– A man indicted in a 45 year old murder case has been formally charged with first degree murder. 

Tomie Lee Mollohan was indicted for the murder of Mary Osborne. He was also indicted for breaking and entering during Mercer County’s Grand Jury session.

Detective Kenny Adams with the Bluefield, W. Va. Police Department tells 59 News on December 28, 1972  66-year-old Osborne was found murdered at the original First Church of God on South Street in Bluefield, West Virginia. Osborne helped clean the church. Detective Adams said Osborne was beat to death with a hammer. 

Mercer County Prosecutor George Sitler tells 59 News Sgt. Jim Dent with the Bluefield, West Virginia Police Department was the original investigator in 1972 and found a fingerprint at the crime scene, but it wasn’t until September 2017 that authorities were able to connect the finger print to Mollohan. Adams said the F.B.I. was looking at fingerprints found in cold cases and was able to connect Mollohan’s fingerprint. 

Sitler said Mollohan told authorities he was passing though on a bus in Bluefield on the day Osborne was killed, but denies being at the church. Sitler added the church is 50 feet from the bus terminal. 

According to Adams, Mollohan is serving time at the Mt. Olive Correctional Center for first degree murder. He said Mollohan denies killing Mary Osborne. 

Sitler added Mollohan has been indicted in Osborne’s killing, but he has not been sentenced. Mollohan will be arraigned in court on his new charges in the next week. 

Both Detectives Adams and J.B. Fox investigated the cold case. Adams said the indictment gives the cold case closure. 

Mollohan was given no bond and he remains in the Mt. Olive Correctional Center.

ORIGINAL FEBRUARY 16, 2018

BLUEFIELD, W. Va. (WVNS)– A man has been indicted in a 45 year old murder case, according to prosecutors. 

Tomie Lee Mollohan was indicted for the murder of Mary Osborne. He was also indicted for breaking and entering during Mercer County’s Grand Jury session.

Detective Kenny Adams with the Bluefield, W. Va. Police Department tells 59 News on December 28, 1972  66-year-old Osborne was found murdered at the original First Church of God on South Street in Bluefield, West Virginia. Osborne helped clean the church. Detective Adams said Osborne was beat to death with a hammer. 

Mercer County Prosecutor George Sitler tells 59 News Sgt. Jim Dent with the Bluefield, West Virginia Police Department was the original investigator in 1972 and found a fingerprint at the crime scene, but it wasn’t until September 2017 that authorities were able to connect the finger print to Mollohan. Adams said the F.B.I. was looking at fingerprints found in cold cases and was able to connect Mollohan’s fingerprint. 

Sitler said Mollohan told authorities he was passing though on a bus in Bluefield on the day Osborne was killed, but denies being at the church. Sitler added the church is 50 feet from the bus terminal. 

According to Adams, Mollohan is serving time at the Mt. Olive Correctional Center for first degree murder. He said Mollohan denies killing Mary Osborne. 

Sitler added Mollohan has been indicted in Osborne’s killing, but he has not been sentenced. Mollohan will be arraigned in court on his new charges in the next week. 

Both Detectives Adams and J.B. Fox investigated the cold case. Adams said the indictment gives the cold case closure. 

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