The Hutchinson News Sept 3, 1971 Pamela Yulich slaying, Richard Jones Murder case
Vern Miller Insists Slay Case Not Closed TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas Bureau of Investigation probe into the shooting death of Pamela L. Yulich, 19, Kansas City, Kan. near Lone Elm, Kan. last Sunday is "far from over," Atty. Gen. Vern Miller said Thursday. His comment came in the wake of a statement made earlier in the day by Melvin Schmidt, Anderson County attorney, that "it will serve no tiseful purpose" to bring Rich- ard Jones, 14, to trial in connection with the slaying. Schmidt said his feelings were based on a desire to sec the boy "rehabilitated", and a concern about the cost of a trial. Late Wednesday, Schmidt filed a delinquency charge relating to the slaying against the Jones youth. Asked Thursday why he had done so, Schmidt said, "To get the newspaper reporters out of town." Jones, a high school soph- omore at lola, Kan., was released to the custody of his parents Wednesday night after being arraigned on the delinquency charge. The youth's attorneys, Gwinn Shell and Orville Cole, provided this account Thursday of the incident in when Miss Yulich was slain: The boy was alone in his parents' home when she stopped to ask directions. She asked for a glass of water, and Jones went to the kitchen to get it. On his return, they quoted Jones as saying, he found Miss Yulich holding a revolver she had taken from a drawer near tho telephone. A struggle followed during which three shots were fired, and Jones ran to a neighbor's homo to reiwrl a "terrible accident." Miller said he would comment no more on the case at present, but said the investigation is not complete and "I don't care what the prosecutor down there says."