An Ascension Parish Grand Jury has indicted Tolbert Morris, 55, of 5609 Point Claire Road, Carville with the March 6, 1990 second-degree kidnapping, aggravated rape and first-degree murder of Tammy Laine Bowers, the 23rd Judicial District Attorney’s office reported in a release.
On or about March 6, 1990, Tammy Laine Bowers was abducted from a pay phone at Lil Pals Convenience Store on La. Highway 73. She was found on La. Highway 942 just past Houmas House on her 19th birthday, raped and beaten to death.
The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Department investigated this case for years and the case went cold.
On Dec. 18, 2006 the Louisiana State Police Crime Laboratory got a CODIS hit matching DNA from Bowers to Herman Frazier. Frazier was arrested and indicted for the Bowers homicide.
On Sept. 21, Herman Frazier was set for trial when he agreed to plead guilty to 50 years without benefit of parole, probation or suspension of sentence. During his plea, Frazier gave details of the abduction, rape and murder and named his accomplice as Tolbert Morris, Jr.
Morris was subsequently arrested and was linked to the crime through further investigation.
Judge Guy Holdridge took the return of the Grand Jury and ordered that Morris be held without bond on the charge of first-degree murder.
Bond was set on the charges of aggravated rape and second-degree kidnapping at $1 million on each charge. Morris is being held in the Ascension Parish Jail and will be arraigned on the Indictment on Dec. 9.
Robin C. O’Bannon presented this case to the Grand Jury on behalf of the State.