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Published: Tuesday, 10/6/2009

Trial for 1967 murder delayed

The November trial date for Robert Bowman, charged with the 1967 murder of a 14-year-old Sylvania Township girl, was postponed in Lucas County Common Pleas Court yesterday and a Jan. 25 trial date was set.

Bowman, 73, is charged with murder in the first degree for the death of Eileen Adams. He is accused of kidnapping, raping, and killing the teenager, who was last seen Dec. 18, 1967, getting off a bus after school in a West Toledo neighborhood.

Judge Gene Zmuda vacated the trial date and instead scheduled Nov. 16 as a hearing date.

The defense has filed several motions, including one to dismiss the indictment based on spousal privilege because it was assumed that Bowman's former wife testified in front of the Lucas County grand jury in order to secure an indictment. Grand jury testimony is not public information.

Bowman was arrested in Cathedral City, Calif., on Oct. 2, 2008, and extradited to Ohio later that month. A warrant was issued for his arrest in November, 2007, after a reverse paternity test was used to match Bowman to DNA found on the victim's body.

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