- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A western Pennsylvania man is on trial again in the murder of a woman whose body was found in the basement of a vacant Pittsburgh house more than a decade ago.

Forty-two-year-old Michael Molina is charged in the murder of 21-year-old Melissa Snodgrass, who was last seen in September 2003. Workmen found her mummified remains and those of her family’s dog in March 2004.

Molina was convicted of third-degree murder and sentenced to 20 to 40 years but was granted a retrial based on a prosecutor’s remarks about his refusal to be interviewed by investigators before his arrest.

Prosecutors said Wednesday they will present testimony from a witness and a co-defendant, but defense attorney Thomas Farrell said the witness was unreliable and the co-defendant was just trying to shift blame.


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