LEAWOOD, Kan. (AP) A suspect in the 1981 shooting death of a Kansas postal worker during a botched robbery will go to trial.
A Johnson County judge ruled Wednesday that enough evidence existed to try 50-year-old Gary Holcomb Sr. for felony murder in the death of 32-year-old Philip Whitehead.
After that ruling, Holcomb pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Whitehead was shot during a robbery at his home. Prosecutors say Holcomb was not the shooter but he was part of the robbery that led to the shooting.
The Kansas City Star reports that there was not enough evidence to charge the other three men involved. A detective testified that police found DNA evidence linking Holcomb to the crime no DNA match was found for the other suspects.