Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Suspects In Overton County Murder Arrested
A 22-year-old man and his 16-year-old girlfriend, both from Overton County, are being questioned by the TBI after they were arrested in Indiana this week for the theft of an automobile said to have been owned by a murder victim in the Rickman community. State and local police in Indiana were informed by Tennessee authorities that 22-year-old Benjamin Junior Bowers and his teenager girlfriend might be found with the girlfriend's relatives living in Gas City, Indiana. According to officials, 73-year-old Hassie Pearl Breeding, of Moore Road in the Rickman community, was strangled to death with some type of heavy cord. The crime apparently occurred on Saturday night, and Ms. Breeding was found dead by her daughter. Officials say Bowers is the grandson of the victim and had been living in the home, but they are saying little else about their investigation at this point.