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Bowden charged with murder after stabbing

By Robin Aaron
Nov. 7, 2011 at 11 p.m.

Randolph Bowden was arrested as of Sunday, Nov. 5 at 3:54 p.m., and officially charged with murder by the New Boston Police Department following the stabbing death of Roy Lee Sykes.

That incident took place Nov. 1 at the Pepper Tree Apartments on Hwy. 8 in New Boston. Bowden and Sykes were long-time acquaintances, though their connection is unclear.

According to witnesses, the two men got into an altercation that escalated to the point of their using knives. Both men were injured. Sykes reportedly died at the scene of the altercation after receiving a number of stab wounds.

According to sources on the scene, the wound that proved fatal struck Sykes on the left side of his chest, just above his heart.

Bowden was taken into custody after the incident Tuesday night. He was treated for a number of knife wounds to his face and hands and held in custody on two warrants from the DeKalb Police Department. Those two warrants were for previous incidents in which Bowden was wanted for deadly conduct and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

The warrant for the murder charge was issued Friday and his arrest on that charge was processed Saturday. Bowden's Bond has been set at $200,000 by Judge Gibson Hadaway.

Officers determined that the murder charge was warranted after interviewing at least five witnesses that saw the conflict take place between Bowden and Sykes. Two weapons are believed to have been found at the scene according to Chief Kerry Pinkham.



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