Suspect in 1975 Murder Found Not Guilty

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JACKSON - Not guilty is the verdict in the trial of a man accused of the 1975 murder of a bar owner in Jackson.

George Alexander's trial lasted a week.

The jury had already begun deliberating the case Friday, when a new witness came forward, saying another man had told he was was responsible for the murder. The jury's deliberations were temporarily halted.

The new witness, Eugene Wilson, testified Monday morning that Olen Paul Miles, who is now dead, confessed to him weeks after the shooting that he had committed the crime. The jury then resumed its deliberations and 2 1/2 hours later came back with a not guilty verdict.

George Alexander now 66 years old was accused of shooting to death bar owner Edward Stankiewicz outside the Pink Elephant Bar on Jackson's Michigan Avenue. Prosecutors used testimony from a man who said he gave Alexander the shotgun the day before the shooting.

Alexander was extradited from Tennessee to Jackson County in October 2013. Alexander remained at the Jackson County jail since then.

Chief Assistant Prosecutor Kati Rezmierski says that the prosecutor's office is disappointed with the verdict, But they respect the jury's verdict.

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