Suspect in slaying of Tabernash hitchhiker returns to Wyoming |

Suspect in slaying of Tabernash hitchhiker returns to Wyoming

ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. (AP) – A man accused of lying to authorities who were investigating the slaying of a Colorado hitchhiker has been returned to Wyoming, officials said Thursday.

Tommy Joe Bowman, 38, was extradited to Rock Springs from California. He faces a charge of being an accessory after the fact in the death of Ben Bradley, 29, of Tabernash.

Bradley disappeared in June 2006 while hitchhiking to Jackson. His body was found in October 2006, north of Rock Springs. Court records say he had stab wounds and a skull fracture.

Eric John Conn, 41, was arrested last month in St. Louis on a first-degree murder charge in Bradley’s death.

Prosecutors accuse Bowman of trying to hinder the investigation into Bradley’s death by giving false information. Authorities haven’t provided any details.

Bowman is being held under $150,000 bail. If convicted, he faces up to three years and a fine of up to $3,000.

Bowman was being held in the Amador County jail in Jackson, Calif., on unrelated charges when he was transferred to Wyoming, said Sweetwater County sheriff’s Detective Dick Blust Jr.

Both Conn and Bradley are former Rock Springs residents, Blust said.

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