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Trial starts in 1984 killing of girl shown on milk carton

Greeley Police Department

DENVER (AP) — Opening statements have started in the trial of the 1984 killing of a 12-year-old Colorado girl.

Jonelle Matthews was named by former President Ronald Reagan as one of the first missing children featured on milk cartons across the U.S.

A former neighbor of the girl went on trial Wednesday on murder and kidnapping charges.

Suspect Steve Pankey is a former Idaho gubernatorial candidate.

Steven Dana Pankey

Prosecutors say Pankey’s public statements about the case and strange behavior around the time of the killing prove he’s guilty.

Pankey's lawyer says that the government's circumstantial evidence plus Pankey's overbearing personality and obsession with crime mysteries is not enough to convict him.

Associated Press

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  1. “…public statements about the case and strange behavior around the time of the killing prove he’s guilty…”

    I would sure hope they have more than just statements (other than a possible admission of guilt) and strange behavior to go to court.
    Half the people I know make what others consider strange statements. Heck, I’m tired of hearing about Gabby the drama queen and could care less if they find her killer just due to the overuse of her for news stories (may not be the right thing, but I bet…and know…I am not alone). So does that make me a person of interest?

  2. I have seen your comments for the last 2 years. Always kept my mouth shut. But this one? You must be one lonely, heartless old man. With nothing better to do. Nobody cares what you think. Your making a fool of yourself. You should be ashamed.

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