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Charges dropped in 1982 murder

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KENNEWICK, WA-A Benton County judge has dismissed murder charges in a cold case dating back nearly 30 years.

Prosecutor Andy Miller Thursday recommended charges be dropped based on the evaluation of state doctors, who say 56-year-old Jack Welch is incompetent to stand trial.

Welch currently lives in Idaho, in a wheel chair. He has had a stroke and is barely able to speak.

"I think there's something about not seeing them see justice," says Andy Miller. "On the other hand, his living conditions right now, being strapped to a wheelchair and being a vegetable for all intensive purposes, may be more punishment than if he was in prison."

Kennewick police detectives arrested Welch last December after DNA evidence linked him to the crime scene.

In 1982, police found 25 year old Rose Baugh strangled in her bathtub.