Man Found Guilty In ’77 Murder

WASHINGTON, Pa. (KDKA) — A Washington County man has been found guilty of murdering his teenage girlfriend more than three decades ago.

Shortly before noon, a judge found Robert Urwin, Junior guilty of third degree murder in the 1977 death of Mary Gency, 16, of Charleroi.

“Twenty years, they’re taking his life away when he’s innocent,” Ruthie Urwin, the defendant’s sister, said.

Gency disappeared from outside a store in Fallowfield Township. Her body was later found. She had been beaten to death.

“Mr. Urwin maintains he had nothing to do with this murder,” Joe Francis, Urwin’s defense attorney, said. “He loved that girl.”

During his non-jury trial, a witness testified that he saw Urwin hit Gency in the head with a hammer-like object.

A member of the Gency family read a statement thanking the prosecution in the 34-year-old case.

“It has been a long time for the Gency family to finally have closure,” Rachel Schweitzer, a member of the family said. “My father and mother, meaning my mother’s parents, can have some peace knowing that justice has been served.”

The Washington County DA says he hopes this sends a message about the importance of solving cold cases.

Urwin could face up to 20 years in prison when he’s sentenced in December.

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  1. ashley says:

    he is innocent, they needed to take more time and talk to the other people that was at the party with, this is just ridicolous!!! its ashame and i feel for his family. another man going to jail thats inncocent its ashame!!!

  2. ashley says:

    he is innocent, they needed to take more time and talk to the other people that was at the party with, this is just ridicolous!!! its ashame and i feel for his family. another man going to jail thats inncocent its ashame!!!

  3. Sara Sams says:

    If this man is Guilty then why did it take 33 yrs to find him Guilty ?? Who did Pittsburgh pay off for their info ?? To much time has passed and DNA was not around back in 1977.

  4. Steve says:

    DNA was not available back then, but there is a thing called evidence that is kept. Blood DNA keeps and NOW that DNA is available, they did the testing they couldn’t do back then. You can’t FAKE DNA.

  5. JULIE says:

    Both of you grow up, better yet read a book on DNA it lasts for ever. You can test DNA for a life time and hopefully some day you realize your error. Better yet I hope this kind of case never involves a family members of yours. Also read the story this has nothing to do with PITTSBURGH! Plus think, now I know that may be hard if he was truly innocent there would have been a JURY TRIAL not a non – jury, that way there is the possibility of swaying just one person. IT has to be unanimous vote via the jury to get a guilty sentence. DAH

  6. Steve says:

    DNA was not available back then, but there is a thing called evidence that is kept. Blood DNA keeps and NOW that DNA is available, they did the testing they couldn’t do back then. You can’t FAKE DNA. Ever see Cold Case Files?

  7. Ashlee says:

    The news barely showed any of what happened in the court room, except for interviewing the families of the guilty man – clearly, they are not neutral parties. Linda Metz of the Observer-Reporter has thoroughly and accurately reported the facts throughout this case, and in reading all of the discrepancies in ALL of the Urwin family’s testimonies, as well as showing the similarities in all of the witness testimonies and how it relates to Davoli’s testimony. NOTHING will bring back an innocent, murdered girl – but hopefully her family can get some peace with a bit of closure. It’s sad that the sentence is of the law of ’77, rather than today’s law.

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