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    Man on trial for 1984 rape, murder of Bensalem girl

    http://6abc.com/news/man-on-trial-fo...-girl/2227963/

    The trial of a man accused of raping and murdering a 14-year-old Bucks County girl in 1984 will begin on Tuesday.

    George Shaw, 56, of Geneva, Florida, is charged with raping and murdering Barbara Rowan of Bensalem in his apartment on Old Lincoln Highway on August 3, 1984.

    The non-jury trial for Shaw is scheduled to begin 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.

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    Trial opens in rape, killing of teenager - 33 years later

    http://www.philly.com/philly/news/cr...-20170718.html

    Robert Rowan recalled the day 33 years ago that he identified the remains of his 14-year-old daughter. “Just a skeleton,” he testified Tuesday in Bucks County Court. “Your only child.”

    Rowan and his wife, Patricia, taking the witness stand on the opening day of the cold-case trial of George F. Shaw, 56, of Geneva, Fla., charged with raping and killing the teenager, recalled the day that she went missing.

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    Cold-case key witness recalls night Bucks teen was raped and killed

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    “He came out all sweaty and wired and says he f—ed up and s—like that,” Sanders, the prosecution’s key witness, said on the stand.

    Then Shaw returned to the bedroom and Sanders used the meth. Sanders heard noises from the room, which died down, and then Shaw returned and “says he needs a hand with something.”

    On the bed, Sanders said, he saw a body in a black trash bag, with reddish-blonde hair sticking out of the top.

    “I didn’t want to [help], but I was told I’d be heading the same way,” Sanders said. “I fear for myself. ‘Cause George is an animal.”

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    Judge hears closing arguments in three decade old Bensalem Township rape and murder case

    http://www.buckslocalnews.com/news/j...cee63a4ad.html

    Deputy District Attorney Jennifer M. Schorn capped seven days of prosecution witness testimony by imploring Common Pleas Court Judge Wallace H. Bateman Jr. to find Shaw, 57, guilty of first-degree murder, rape and possession of an instrument of crime.

    Shaw’s lead attorney, Louis Busico, argued that there is reasonable doubt that his client is guilty of any crime. Should Bateman decide that Shaw did kill the teen, Busico added, there is no evidence that her death was intentional.

    Bateman said he would announce his verdict at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, July 31. He said late Tuesday that he needed time to review transcripts of testimony before reaching a decision, and that he would be at a judges’ conference for the rest of this week.

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    Man found guilty in 1984 killing of Bucks Co. teen

    http://6abc.com/man-found-guilty-in-...-teen/2264456/

    56-year-old George Shaw of Geneva, Florida has been convicted of third degree murder and other charges.

    He now faces a maximum of 27 years behind bars for raping and murdering 14-year-old Barbara Rowan back in 1984 in his apartment on Old Lincoln Highway.

    A sentencing date has not yet been set.

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    Robert Sanders is scheduled to be sentenced on September 8th.

    https://ujsportal.pacourts.us/Docket...R-0007131-2015

    A sentencing date for George Shaw has not been set.

    https://ujsportal.pacourts.us/Docket...R-0000201-2016

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    Bensalem murder cover up nets Upper Moreland man 3 to 6 years

    http://www.buckscountycouriertimes.c...315e2790c.html

    Robert Sanders' silence kept Barbara Rowan's killer out of jail for more than three decades. His testimony later put the man in jail for the Bensalem murder.

    Now, he'll spend up to six years in state prison.

    Sanders, 53, of Upper Moreland, was sentenced Friday in Bucks County Court to serve three to six years behind bars with a concurrent seven years of probation.
    George Shaw is scheduled to be sentenced on October 2nd.

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    George Shaw sentenced to 27 years for 1984 murder

    http://www.buckscountycouriertimes.c...5499863b3.html

    The passage of time between the 1984 incident and Shaw's capture in 2015 prevented Bateman from convicting Shaw of a felony rape charge, which would have upgraded the murder count to second degree and exposed Shaw to a life sentence. The crime also occurred before the adoption of Megan's Law, meaning Shaw will not have to register as a sex offender.

    "You have been the beneficiary of the delay to justice," Bateman said to Shaw before announcing the sentence. "Realistically, had additional evidence not been lost to time, the sentence would have been life. You will be eligible for parole someday, but the family of Barbara Rowan has been given a life sentence of torment and misery by your hand."

    "You gave us 33 years of sorrow and misery because you took our only daughter away from us," said Rowan. "My family has stopped, I am no longer a mother. You ripped my life away from me."

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