Murder suspect behind bars

Published 12:00 am Friday, October 26, 2001

Staff Writer

A man known around town as a "nice guy" died Saturday and his alleged attacker was taken into custody late Thursday.

R.C. Rodgers, 45, of Troy died around 9:45 p.m., Saturday at Jackson Hospital in Montgomery from injuries sustained during an Oct. 12 attack.

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According to information released by Troy Police Chief Anthony Everage, Rodgers was assaulted around 8 p.m. in the parking of a business on North Three Notch Street. He was transported by Haynes Ambulance to Edge Regional Medical Center that night.

When his conditioned worsened, he was transferred that Sunday to Jackson Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition. Hospital officials notified the TPD of Rodgers’ death on Saturday.

Late Thursday, Ira Boswell, also known as Pete Boswell, was brought back to Pike County on a warrant.

The 48-year-old Troy man was taken into custody by Russell County Sheriff’s Department deputies around 3 p.m., Thursday. Boswell was located after Troy authorities discovered he was working in Hurtsboro.

Detectives from the TPD went to Phenix City on Thursday to bring Boswell back to Troy, where he faces a murder charge in Rodgers’ death.

Boswell’s bond has been set at $100,000. A stipulation of the bond requires $10,000 be paid in cash before he can be released.

Detectives will continue to investigate the case.

Funeral services for Rodgers will be held at 1 p.m. today at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Johnson, pastor, officiating. Burial will be at Antioch Cemetery in Banks with George F. Grubbs Funeral Home directing.