Mary Ann Rivera won't face a murder charge.
Mary Ann Rivera won't face a murder charge.

Mary Ann Rivera: Cold-Case Murder Charge Dropped

We wrote last month about Mary Ann Rivera, an elderly woman arrested for the 1970 murder of her husband.

She had been charged with killing him by pouring hot grease over him; she posted bond and then disappeared.

Today, the Houston Chronicle reports, the charge has been dropped.

Rivera's attorney had argued that her client had been denied her right to a speedy trial because the government had not diligently pursued the case.

"She was living under her own name," the attorney said. "She wasn't trying to hide."

Rivera, 76, was arrested in a small Georgia town. Apparently she had been difficult to track because the cops didn't have a date of birth for her to check public records with.

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