Arrest made in 10-year-old Lake Providence killing

Published 12:11 pm Friday, May 21, 2010

After 10 years, an arrest has been in the killing of Lake Providence Sonic Drive-In manager Spencer Washington.

On Oct. 10, 2000, 31-year-old Washington was closing the restaurant for the night when he was robbed and shot to death, Louisiana State Police Trooper First Class Mark Dennis said.

At the time, the investigation identified Tyrone Bowman of Lake Providence as a suspect but did not yield enough evidence to get an indictment, Dennis said.

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In March 2009, a report on items of evidence sent to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab through the course of the investigation have indicated that DNA found at the scene matched to Bowman, Dennis said.

In February, new leads in the cold case led officials to witnesses who had not been identified, and investigators learned that Bowman, 32, had fled to Milwaukee, the trooper said.

The East Carroll Parish Grand Jury indicted Bowman Tuesday for armed robbery and first degree murder, Dennis said.

After LSP entered Bowman’s case on NCIC, the Milwaukee Police Department’s Fugitive Team arrested him at 10:40 Tuesday night on the Louisiana warrants, Dennis said.

Bowman is being held in Wisconsin pending extradition to East Carroll Parish.