Man Formally Charged in 40-Plus-Year Old Case

Man Indicted in Over 40-Year Old Case

( – On January 22, 1980, police discovered the lifeless body of Evelyn Fisher-Bamforth in her Miramar, Florida, home. The 32-year-old psychiatric nurse had become the victim of a murder and sexual assault. But officials couldn’t pin the crime on their prime suspect, Ronald Richards, until December 1 of this year, when the Miramar Police Department announced his indictment.

Law enforcement agencies were familiar with Richards, who lived close to the Bamforths’ home. He had a previous arrest for rape and attempted murder. However, according to WSVN, Miramar Police Detective Johnathan Zeller explained he was a person of interest at the time. But unfortunately, there wasn’t enough evidence to charge him. Miramar PD public information officer Tania Rues explained to online outlet Oxygen they used updated DNA testing to connect Richards to the crime.

Richards, 75, has a criminal history, including a 1982 conviction for murder and sexual assault. He is currently serving a 25-year sentence in the Madison Correctional Institution in Ohio prison for voluntary manslaughter. Due to that, Florida will have to extradite him to bring him to trial, but officials plan to do so.

The victim’s husband, John Bamforth, is looking forward to getting justice for his late wife, whom he remembers as a calm and lovable woman. Authorities believe the suspect attacked when Fisher-Bamforth was sleeping. According to Oxygen, Bamforth explained to Rues that he came home from work to find officers at his home and the love of his life gone.

Bamforth noted that finding the man who killed his wife won’t erase his years-long to cope with the loss and can’t reverse how it changed him. Still, he hopes he can finally put the matter to rest once the state serves justice to Richards.

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