Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Murder Charges Brought In Rickman Slaying

The Overton County Sheriff’s Department has now charged a 22-year-old man and his 16-year-old girlfried with first degree murder in the death of the man's grandmother.  Benjamin Junior Bowers and his teenage girlfriend were charged locally after being arrested in Gas City, Indiana, where they were initially charged with stealing the victim's car.  The juvenile female, whose name is not being released, is being held at the Putnam County Juvenile Detention Center. And Bowers is being held at the Overton County jail. According to authorities, the two are suspects in the death of 72-year-old Hassie Pearl Breeding, who was found strangled at her home on Moore Road near Rickman earlier this month. Bowers is her grandson. In addition to the murder charge, the couple is also being charged with robbery, theft, conspiracy to commit first degree murder, and felony murder.