ST. LOUIS, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- A man suspected of three decades-old murders in Illinois and Missouri could become a suspect in a fourth murder investigation.
Authorities believe Gregory Bowman, 56, could be involved in the 1977 strangulation of Ann Louise Harmeier, an Indiana University college student, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Tuesday.
The potential new charge is pending the analysis of a palm print taken from Harmeier's car 30 years ago and Bowman's prints, which officials were authorized to take Monday.
Judge David Lee Vincent III ordered Bowman's additional palm-printing at the county jail, where he awaits trial in the murder of 16-year-old Velda Joy Rumfelt of Brentwood.
Bowman also is awaiting retrials in the 1978 murders of Elizabeth West, a Belleville High School student, and Ruth Ann Jany, a nurse's aide at Belleville's St. Elizabeth's Hospital, the newspaper reported.
He had been convicted of those murders in 1979 and sentenced to life in prison, but Bowman won new trials amid questions about the evidence used to convict him.