• Family speaks out after judge dismisses case of mother's accused killer

    By: KIRO 7 News Staff


    A man whose mother was murdered in 1978 in Port Angeles is angry over a decision a judge made to dismiss the case of the suspected killer and he’s speaking out. 

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    Tommy Ross Jr., who is accused of the1978 murder, will not stand trial in Clallam County after a judge agreed that Ross’ right to a speedy trial was violated.

    Ross, 60, is accused of strangling Janet Bowcutt of Port Angeles.

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     On Wednesday, Ross was ordered to be jailed without bail in Sacramento, California.

    Ross was arrested last week after police say he threatened to stab three women and a 3-month-old baby, in the home he shares with them.

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    He is facing felony charges related to that arrest.

    Ross also spent 38 years in a Canadian prison for strangling a woman there and then was set to stand trial in Clallam County.

    Prosecutors for his trial in Clallam County plan to appeal the decision.

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