Aug 11, 2011 1:42 PM by AP Posted by James H Egbert

Man goes on trial in 1967 death of Ohio schoolgirl

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - Prosecutors in Ohio say DNA evidence collected four decades ago links a man to the 1967 killing of a 14-year-old girl.

Testimony began Thursday in the murder trial of 75-year-old Robert Bowman. Investigators think he kept the girl captive in his basement for as long as two weeks before strangling her.

He's accused of snatching her while she was on her way home from school in Toledo.

It took investigators nearly 40 years to bring charges against Bowman, who had been a successful businessman before disappearing into a life on the streets in Florida and California.

Bowman has pleaded not guilty and faces life in prison if he's convicted.

His attorneys say evidence in the case is weak and that prosecutors don't know where or when the girl died.

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