Skip to comments.DNA helps police close in on killer in '68 death
Posted on 06/15/2004 2:08:26 AM PDT by ValerieUSA
Seattle police detectives are on the verge of solving a killing in 1968 that sickened the community and have found their suspect sitting in a state prison cell, where he is serving time for killing two other women.
The death of 16-year-old Sandra Bowman, a pregnant newlywed at the time, could soon be one of the longest-unsolved slayings brought to a Washington courtroom and is believed to be one of the oldest cases in the nation showing such promise....
... Police have tied the Bowman slaying to a man serving more than 100 years in prison for two 1969 murders and other crimes by matching evidence found on Bowman to a sample of his DNA, according to a sworn statement filed in King County Superior Court.
As is routine in such cases, police obtained a search warrant to get a second DNA sample from the man to affirm the match.
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer is not naming the man, who was once sentenced to die for his crimes, because he has not been charged with Bowman's slaying....
(Excerpt) Read more at seattlepi.nwsource.com ...
The killer was sentenced to death, but Washington's death penalty was overturned by the 1972 Supreme Court decision.
I've read many of of Ann Rule's books, and it seems like there's a million of these cases happening in Washington and Oregon. The details of this case sound like something she's written about before.
and was reinstituted some time later. Why, we actually execute people here on occasion!