'WT TT returned to Tribune Wire Services PRYOR â€” Gene Leroy Hart is back in a cell on death row at the state penitentiary at McAlester today after being acquitted Friday of three counts of first-degree murder in connection with the 1977 sex slayings of three Girl Scouts. And prosecutors who failed to convince a jury Hart was the man who sneaked into a camp and brutally raped and killed the three say they will not reopen an investigation into the slayings "at this moment." Hart, an elusive jailbreaker with a history of rape and kidnapping, still owes the state 305 years in prison, his attorneys said. Tears streamed down Hart's cheeks and his lips quivered a 'diets were read. /Defense y Garvin Isaacs threw his ai around his client's shoulders for support. Hart, who was cheered by frierii and relatives after the* reading o verdict, was immediately taken Oklahoma Highway P>atrol troop, from the Mayes County courtro< in handcuffs and leg snac> back to prison. Defense attorneys in the 26-day trial produced witn< who indi cated another manâ€”inow in a Kan- 5 prison on a rapce conviction- had been in the area at the time of the killings and was a more likely suspect than Hart. Prosecutor thty are un< tain if the investigation will be reopened. "I don't have anything to justify reopening the investigation at this moment,' said Mayes County District Attorr T. Jack Graves. A state investigator said, "We ji don't have any place else to look. Everything we had pointed in one direction OSBI agent Don, Sharp said, "We're satisfied and I believe t DA i isfied that Gene Leroy Hart did commit the crime. I think it unlikely that any information will ever be developed to a positive nature to indicate that anyone other See HART, page 2A her!
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