Bow­man in­dicted for mur­der

The Standard Journal - - FRONT PAGE - By Kevin Myrick SJ Edi­tor

A man who was ar­rested and later re­leased last year on gun charges dur­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion of a 2017 mur­der is now in jail and in­dicted by the grand jury.

Roe Dale Bow­man, 54, who last May was jailed and later re­leased on a felony gun charge, is al­most a year later now fac­ing charges of mal­ice mur­der, felony mur­der, ag­gra­vated as­sault and pos­ses­sion of a firearm dur­ing the com­mis­sion of a felony.

Polk County Po­lice and the Ge­or­gia Bu­reau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion ar­rested Bow­man early Fri­day, March 23 fol­low­ing in­dict­ments from the lat­est im­pan­el­ing of the grand jury ear­lier this week.

Polk County Po­lice De­tec­tive Josh Smith said the in­ves­ti­ga­tion con­tin­ued through­out the year on the mur­der of Tammy Wolfe in early April of last year in Polk Mem­ory Gar­dens.

He added that “there are no other sus­pects in this mur­der,” but wouldn’t fur­ther com­ment on the case as it stands cur­rently.

Bow­man stands ac­cused of Wolfe’s mur­der last year. She was found to have been shot and stabbed in the early morn­ing hours of April 4, 2017, but her body wasn’t found by Polk Mem­ory Gar­dens staff un­til later in the day.

Fol­low­ing his ar­rest last year on a charge of pos­ses­sion of a firearm by a con­victed felon, po­lice had to re­lease Bow­man from cus­tody due to a pre­vi­ous con­vic­tion for ag­gra­vated as­sault, of which the charge at the time was based, was found to have been a li­censed firearms holder when he was par­doned in 2013.

Polk County Po­lice Chief Kenny Dodd said the res­o­lu­tion to this case is one that has come af­ter a lot of hard work from his depart­ment’s de­tec­tives and the GBI.

“I look for­ward to this ar­rest be­ing able to bring some clo­sure for the fam­ily in this case,” Dodd said. “I’m glad to see that we can bring the per­son re­spon­si­ble to jus­tice.”

Dis­trict At­tor­ney Jack Brown­ing ex­pects t o move for­ward with the ini­tial round of court pro­ceed­ings as the year con­tin­ues in the case, in­clud­ing ar­raign­ment, bond hear­ings and more.

Bow­man re­mains in jail with­out bond.

“He’ll be ar­raigned at some point in the near fu­ture so we can get the case mov­ing onto the trial cal­en­dar,” Brown­ing said.

Roe Dale Bow­man

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