WA - Janet Bowcutt, 20, Found Strangled, Port Angeles, 24 April 1978

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    38 years later, Victoria killer faces murder charge in U.S.
    Sarah Petrescu / Times Colonist
    NOVEMBER 17, 2016

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    After nearly four decades in a B.C. prison for the brutal murder of a young Victoria mother, Tommy Ross Jr. faces a first-degree murder charge in the death of a Port Angeles woman.

    Ross, 58, an American citizen, was released on full parole and deported to the United States last week. He was promptly arrested at the border.

    The Washington state woman was killed a few weeks before Ross arrived in Victoria in 1978 after being extradited from the U.S. to face charges in the death of Janice Aili Forbes, who was found dead in her Victoria apartment.

    [...]

    “It’s a pretty gruesome, really sadistic case.”

    Investigators said the Canadian and U.S. murders are eerily similar.

    $1.5 million bail set for man accused of 1978 Port Angeles murder
    ROB OLLIKAINEN Thu Nov 17th, 2016

    PORT ANGELES — Bail was set at $1.5 million Wednesday for a Los Angeles man accused of killing a Port Angeles woman more than 38 years ago.

    Tommy J. Ross Jr., 58, was being held Wednesday in the Clallam County jail for investigation of the 1978 murder of 20-year-old Janet Bowcutt.

    He will be arraigned Dec. 2.

    Port Angeles police said Ross strangled Bowcutt to death in her apartment in April 1978.

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    According to the affidavit for probable cause, Bowcutt’s mother reported that her daughter would not come to the door and that she could hear Bowcutt’s infant son crying inside an apartment at 615 W. Eighth St. on April 24, 1978.

    Officers kicked the door open and discovered a deceased Bowcutt on her stomach, fully clothed, with her hands and feet bound together.

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    In 1988, Port Angeles police and former Clallam County Prosecuting Attorney David Bruneau interviewed Ross at a Canadian prison in Saskatchewan, court papers said.

    During that interview, Ross admitted that he killed Bowcutt; two other females in Anaheim, Calif.; and another female in Los Angeles, Arand wrote in his report.

    “There are no convictions down in California,” Kelly told Rohrer.

    *Thank you to WS member Thyme for bringing this to our attention*
     
  2. Thyme

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    Thanks for posting this Coldpizza.

    I had been looking for an update on this since the arraignment on December 2, could not locate one. Sent an email to Rob Ollikainen the reporter that wrote the above article. His colleague Paul Gottlieb covered the arraignment.

    Ross has entered a not guilty plea to the 1978 murder of Janet Bowcutt. In May of 1988 Ross admitted to killing Janet Bowcutt along with three other women in California. At the time Ross wouldn't disclose any details unless he was guaranteed the death penalty.

    A status hearing is set for December 30, 2016. Trial date is January 30, 2017.

    http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/crime/trial-set-in-1978-murder-of-port-angeles-woman/
     
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    http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/crime/port-angeles-murder-trial-delayed-for-evidence-review/

     
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    According to OkieGranny's link above, results from the DNA samples were expected on January 20, 2017. This article dated Jan. 22 states DNA results were expected the following week. I keep checking but haven't been able to locate any info on this. One would think that if the results came back negative his lawyer would be shouting this from the courthouse rooftop. ;)

    http://www.westender.com/lifestyles/style-file/trial-in-port-angeles-killing-put-off-until-summer-1.8329039

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    Janet Bowcutt

    ETA - I imagine they can't announce the results until the trial. Is this correct?
     
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    http://www.timescolonist.com/news/l...may-be-used-in-u-s-some-of-it-lost-1.20397368

     
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    Confession in decades-old murder case to be questioned at hearing

    https://www.peninsuladailynews.com/news/confession-in-decades-old-murder-case-to-be-questioned-at-hearing/

     
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    Lawyer at hearing: Accused murderer wanted to die

    https://www.peninsuladailynews.com/crime/lawyer-at-hearing-accused-murderer-wanted-to-die/

     
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    Hair DNA links Ross to scene of 1978 killing in Port Angeles

    http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/crime/hair-dna-links-ross-to-scene-of-1978-killing-in-port-angeles/

     
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    April 2018:

    Grown son of woman murdered 40 years ago watches court proceedings

    http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/n...dered-40-years-ago-watches-court-proceedings/

    A Joyce-area man was a 6-month-old infant on April 24, 1978, when police found him on a bed in his mother’s Port Angeles apartment.

    She was lifeless on the bedroom floor, bound and murdered.

    Forty years later, Jimmy Bowcutt sits through Clallam County Superior Court proceedings for Tommy Ross, 59, Janet Dale Bowcutt’s accused killer.

    “I’m just going for my mom,” Bowcutt, a stout, bearded former high school football player, said last week on the anniversary of her death.
     
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    Charges dismissed in 40-year-old Port Angeles murder case

    October 18, 2018

    "...PORT ANGELES — The 40-year-old murder case against Tommy Ross Jr. was dismissed Wednesday by Clallam County Superior Court Judge Brian Coughenour.

    Four factors in a key 1972 U.S. Supreme Court case, Barker vs. Wingo, “weigh heavily against the state and Mr. Ross’ Sixth Amendment right to a speedy trial was violated,” Coughenour said in a 17-page opinion.

    Coughenour issued it in response to a motion from Ross’ attorney Lane Wolfley of Port Angeles that the first- and second-degree murder charges against Ross should be dismissed.

    “We’re thrilled, but I expected it of course,” Wolfley said Wednesday...."

    http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/crime/charges-dismissed-in-40-year-old-port-angeles-murder-case/
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    Charges dismissed in 40-year-old Port Angeles murder case

    October 19, 2018

    "PORT ANGELES — A judge’s ruling in favor of dismissing charges against Tommy Ross Jr. in a four-decades-old murder case will be challenged by the Clallam County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

    Prosecuting Attorney Mark Nichols said Thursday he will appeal Superior Court Judge Brian Coughenour’s Wednesday ruling to the state Court of Appeals.

    In ruling in favor of a motion by Ross’ attorney, Lane Wolfley of Port Angeles, Coughenhour dismissed first- and second-degree murder charges against Ross, 60, in the April 24, 1978, death of 20-year-old Janet Bowcutt in her Eighth Street Port Angeles apartment....

    A Superior Court hearing at which Coughenour will consider an order of dismissal of the charges is scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday.

    After that, Ross could be released from custody, his lawyer, Lane Wolfley of Port Angeles, said Thursday.

    “I expect him to walk out of court,” he said...."

    https://www.peninsuladailynews.com/crime/charges-dismissed-in-40-year-old-port-angeles-murder-case/
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    UPDATE: Man accused in Port Angeles killing arrested in Oregon after being set free

    October 24, 2018

    "UPDATE: Oregon State Police arrested Tommy L. Ross Jr. on Tuesday after he was released from the Clallam County jail that morning, according to Port Angeles Police Chief Brian Smith.

    Smith said Ross is being held in the Clackamas County, Ore., jail on a warrant issued out of Clallam County.

    Ross was released Tuesday in Port Angeles after Clallam Superior Court Judge Brian Coughenour signed an order dismissing charges against Ross that grew from a murder charge filed against him 38 years ago after the killing of 20-year-old Janet Bowcutt in 1978....

    Nichols said Tuesday night that the appeals court commissioner reinstated conditions of release on Ross pending a decision on the stay.

    As a result, Nichols applied for an arrest warrant with Clallam Superior Court, which was granted...."

    http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/news/accused-in-40-year-old-murder-set-free/
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    Tommy Ross Jr. to stay in Oregon awaiting Washington Court of Appeals decision

    October 29, 2018

    "OREGON CITY, Ore. — Tommy Ross Jr. will not be returning to the Clallam County jail, at least for the time being.

    In a Clackamas County Circuit Court courtroom Friday, Ross refused at a hearing to waive extradition proceedings that would have allowed his unchallenged return to Clallam County, opting instead to let an effort to stay the dismissal of first- and second-degree murder charges play out in the Washington state Court of Appeals....

    The next court date for Ross is Dec. 21, for the return of Oregon Gov. Kate Brown’s warrant that would extradite him back to Clallam County, Clackamas County Chief Deputy District Attorney Chris Owen said Friday...."

    https://www.peninsuladailynews.com/...waiting-washington-court-of-appeals-decision/
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    Hi, My grandmother was one of the women he murdered in California. I stumbled across this while searching for information. My parents attended the hearing held last week in Tacoma, WA to find out if Clallam County will be able to put him on trial for the murder of Janet. Should find out in about 30 days. Praying justice gets served and he is taken back into custody.
     
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    Tommy Ross Jr. charged in Sacramento
    He pleaded not guilty to a set of four felonies and a misdemeano
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    April 5, 2019

    "SACRAMENTO — Tommy Lee Ross Jr., who had been accused of a 1978 murder in Port Angeles, pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Sacramento to an unrelated set of four felonies and a misdemeanor connected to an alleged knife-wielding incident Sunday at a home where he is living, according to court records.

    Ross, 60, was in the Sacramento County jail late Wednesday afternoon on $50,000 bail, according to jail records.

    He was charged earlier Wednesday in Superior Court with three felony counts of threats to commit a crime that could result in death or great bodily.

    He also was charged with a felony count of assault with a deadly weapon and a misdemeanor charge of removing or destroying a wireless communications device, said Kim Pedersen, a Sacramento County Superior Court spokeswoman.

    Ross did not enter pleas to the charges....

    Before Ross was transported to Canada in 1979 to face a murder charge in Forbes’ death, he was arrested in Los Angeles as a suspect in the strangulation murder of Bethel Wooldridge, 36, of the Pacoima neighborhood of Los Angeles.

    A Los Angeles Police Department detective said Wednesday that Wooldridge’s murder remains under investigation and that Ross remains a suspect in the case...."

    https://www.peninsuladailynews.com/crime/tommy-ross-charged-in-sacramento/
     
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    Freed convicted murderer accused of threatening children

    Apr 4, 2019

    "...Ross, who was arrested in connection with the strangulation murder of Wooldridge's mother 41 years ago--and was also charged with the strangulation murders of two other women months later--faced a Sacramento judge Wednesday for allegedly endangering and threatening to kill children with a weapon and destroying the cellphone they used to call 911 in a Rancho Cordova home. Court records indicate the threats are felonies, and Ross is jailed on $50,000 bail....

    Last October, a Clallam County judge set Ross free, saying his constitutional right to a speedy trial in Clallam County was violated while he was in prison in Canada. Clallam County prosecutors say they are waiting for a judge to rule on their appeal to reinstate the murder charges, so they can try him for Bowcutt's slaying.

    "He thinks he's going to be a free man and he's never going to see a day in jail for what he did to my mother? It kills me," Feryne said. "This man is a monster. He kills women and he leaves children behind."

    Feryne says she has spoken to Los Angeles prosecutors about potential charges in her mother's death.

    "I cannot imagine another group of children going through what this group of children have already been through," she said, adding, "If he is freed again, there are other people out there that need to be afraid!"'

    Freed convicted murderer accused of threatening children
     
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    Bethel was my grandmother. And the people in this interview are my aunt and father. Hoping for some justice in her case, this case and his most recent case.
     
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    Family speaks out after judge dismisses case of mother's accused killer (with clip)

    May 22, 2019

    "A man whose mother was murdered in 1978 in Port Angeles is angry over a decision a judge made to dismiss the case of the suspected killer and he’s speaking out.

    Tommy Ross Jr., who is accused of the1978 murder, will not stand trial in Clallam County after a judge agreed that Ross’ right to a speedy trial was violated.

    Ross, 60, is accused of strangling Janet Bowcutt of Port Angeles...."

    Family speaks out after judge dismisses case of mother's accused killer
     
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