UPDATED: Trial Ordered for Man Accused in 1970 Wis. Murder

UPDATED Monday, November 19, 2012 --- 5:25 p.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A 73-year-old suspected of a 1970 Milwaukee murder has been ordered to stand trial to determine whether he's sexually violent.

Robert Hill recently finished serving a 10-year sentence for allegedly sexually assaulting four children under the age of 10 between 1995 and 2002.

But police say Hill confessed to the murder of 9-year-old Donna Willing in February 1970 but later recanted. They say he knew details that hadn't been released.

Biological evidence was destroyed or lost in the 1990s that could help convict Hill, so prosecutors are trying to use the state's sex offender law to keep him in custody. A judge determined Monday there's enough evidence to move to trial. Prosecutors will have to prove he's a sexually violent person.

Hill appeared by video Monday from a supervised facility.

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UPDATED: Monday, November 19, 2012 --- 7:20 a.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A man accused of killing a 9-year-old girl in 1970 is expected in court.

Robert Hill recently finished serving a 10-year sentence for allegedly sexually assaulting four children under the age of 10 between 1995 and 2002.

But police say the 73-year-old confessed to the murder of Donna Willing but has since recanted. And they say he knew details that hadn't been released.

Biological evidence had been destroyed or lost in the 1990s that could help convict Hill, so prosecutors are using the state's sex offender law to keep him in custody indefinitely.

At a Monday hearing, prosecutors will try to prove there's enough evidence for the case to go to a trial, where they have to prove he's a sexually violent person.

He's being held in a supervised facility.

Copyright 2012: Associated Press
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Posted Sunday, November 18, 2012 --- 1:53 p.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Milwaukee prosecutors are trying to use the state's sex offender law to help keep a 73-year-old man suspected of a 1970 child murder in custody.

Robert Hill recently finished a 10-year sentence for sexually assaulting four children under the age of 10 between 1995 and 2002.

But police say Hill also confessed to the 1970 killing of 9-year-old Donna Willing, before recanting. They say he knew details of her injuries that hadn't been released.

Since physical evidence in her case was destroyed or lost in the 1990s, prosecutors will now try to prove he is a sexually violent person who should be kept in custody indefinitely.

A hearing Monday will determine if the case goes to trial.

Hill is being held in a supervised facility, pending the hearing's outcome.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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