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Published: Thursday, 6/24/2010

Trial date rescheduled for suspect in '67 Sylvania Twp. killing

The trial date for Robert Bowman, charged with the 1967 murder of a Sylvania Township girl, was rescheduled Wednesday for September in Lucas County Common Pleas Court.

Bowman, 74, is charged with first-degree murder in the slaying of 14-year-old Eileen Adams. He is accused of kidnapping, raping, and killing the teen, last seen Dec. 18, 1967, getting off a bus after school in a West Toledo neighborhood.

Judge Gene Zmuda vacated an August trial date because of a conflict with another murder trial being handled by defense attorney Pete Rost. The new trial date was set for Sept. 15.

Bowman was arrested Oct. 2, 2008, in Cathedral City, Calif., and extradited to Ohio 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.

Pending before Judge Zmuda are two defense motions, including one to dismiss the indictment and another to exclude testimony from Bowman's former wife.

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