Ross Fights Extradition in Murder Case

The man accused of murdering Janet Bowcutt of PA in 1978 refused to waive extradition for his return to Clallam County.  Instead, 60 year old Tommy Ross, Jr  remains in an Oregon jail, opting to let an effort to stay the dismissal of first- and second-degree murder charges play out in the Washington state Court of Appeals.

      Mon Oct 29 News

Ross was released Tuesday in Port Angeles after Clallam Superior Court Judge Brian Coughenour dismissed charges against him on grounds Ross’ constitutional right to a speedy trial had been violated by Clallam County authorities.

Ross was charged with Bowcutt’s strangulation murder 40 years ago but prosecutors allowed him to be taken from Los Angeles to Canada to face murder charges in the strangulation death of 26-year-old woman — rather than have Ross be extradited to Clallam County.

After serving 38 years for the Canadian murder, Ross was arrested Nov. 15, 2016, at the Canadian border.  He spent the next two years in the Clallam County jail awaiting trial.

Ross was on his way to California on Tuesday afternoon when Oregon State Police re-arrested him in Clackamas County south of Portland on a new arrest warrant from the court of appeals – which reinstated conditions of release, including bail of $1.5M.

The next court date for Ross is Dec. 21, for the return of a  warrant that would extradite him back to Clallam County