Just a week after jury selection began, the trial of Charles Pilkinton ended in a mistrial last Tuesday.
Pilkinton was charged in the murder on November 15, 2008 of 66 year old Raymond Tobin. Tobin was found slumped over the steering wheel of his car on Inda Drive shot twice in the back of the head. According to reports, when police arrived at the scene Pilkinton admitted to killing Tobin.
Pilkinton was represented by Shreveport criminal defense attorney Daryl Gold.
The jury was unable to reach a verdict as to Pilkinton’s guilt.
Pilkinton was originally charged with 1st degree murder under a provision in Louisiana law that allows that charge when the victim is under the age of 12 years or over the age of 65 years. The district attorney later reduced the charge to 2nd degree murder, which carries a sentence of life in prison without parole.
Bossier District Attorney Schuyler Marvin recused himself from the case and it was tried by Assistant Attorney General Clifford Strider III. Marvin removed himself from the case because Pilkinton’s son-in-law contributed to his campaign for DA and because of a personal friendship with the son-in-law's brother.
Tobin was an Air Force retiree who had moved back to the area after spending a few years in Ohio. He was a Eucharistic minister at his church.
DA Marvin said that his office will re-file the charges.
Tobin’s two children have filed a civil suit for wrongful death against Pilkinton.
If you want to keep up with this case, I suggest that you buy the Inquisitor and read this blog. There have been absolutely no reports from Channels 3, 6, 12 or The Times about the mistrial, or even the trial for that matter.
They are really on the ball when it comes to keeping you informed of ‘holiday safety tips’, recalled cribs or Chinese drywall, but don’t expect them to report on a mundane matter such as this.