By LeaAnne Klentzman
The jury selection process is entering a second week in the 434th District Court under the direction of Judge James (Jim) Shoemake. Currently the attorneys are working their way through the individual voir dire process, where they question each potential juror.
Richard Allen Howe, a man who was serving prison time on a non-related sexual assault case in the Texas Department of Corrections was identified in an old Sugar Land murder case after a DNA test and databank search identified him as the suspect. Howe, who has been convicted and served many years in prison on other sexual assault and kidnapping charges in both Harris and Travis counties was identified as the assailant of Ann Bomar by DNA when evidence from the 1989 crime scene was run through forensics systems that have emerged since the 1989 murder.
On September 16, 1989 Sugar Land police responded to a call at a small brick building owned by the Sugar Land Telephone Company, in a field off Dairy Ashford near Corporate, after the body of a woman was discovered. Eventually the victim was identified as Ann Bomar. At the time of her death Ms. Bomar was an assistant VP for Texas Commerce Bank in Houston.
Testimony in the trial of Richard Howe will begin when a jury has been seated; possibly by the end of the week.