Troy man indicted on murder charge

Published 10:39 pm Friday, February 22, 2019

A Troy man has been indicted on a charge of murder in connection with the killing of a woman in Troy in September 2018.

Bruce Earl Bogan, 50, was indicted Thursday on a charge of murder in connection to the killing of Katherine Louise Davis, 33.

Troy Police Chief Randall Barr said Bogan was found by U.S. Marshals at a homeless shelter in Memphis in November 2018 and was arrested for a violation of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA).

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“Ms. Davis was reported missing just before 7 p.m. by a family member on September 26, 2018.,” Barr said. “The next day, a press release and a photo of Ms. Davis was released to the public in hopes that she or someone would provide information as to her whereabouts.”

On September 29, police found Davis’ body in a wooded area on County Road 1128 and ruled her death a homicide.

“Bogan was developed as a suspect in this case very early in the investigation,” Barr said. “When investigators went to make contact with Bogan after Ms. Davis’s body was recovered, they learned that he had fled the area not long before investigators arrived.”

Investigators also discovered that Bogan was a registered sex offender and was not living at the address listed on his registration.

The Pike County Sheriff’s Office obtained a warrant on Bogan for the SORNA violation and eventually got the help of the U.S. Marshal’s Gulf Coast Regional Task Force, who found him in Memphis.

Bogan was extradited back to Alabama and has remained in the custody of the Alabama Department of Corrections since his arrest. Bogan’s parole was revoked for the SORNA violation.

He was indicted on the murder charge by a grand jury Thursday and his bond for that charge was set at $500,000 plus 10 percent cash.

Murder is a Class A Felony punishable by 20 years to life in prison.

The case remains under investigation.