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Ramsey, Bowser arraigned, Johnson appears in court in Barto homicide

September 12, 2017 News Extra

Ishemer D. Ramsey

A man accused of killing his girlfriend, and two other men charged with helping cover up the crime, appeared in Butler County Court on Tuesday.

The accused shooter, Ishemer D. Ramsey, 21, of Lyndora, and the man police say lent Ramsey his vehicle to dispose of the body, Joshua W. Bowser, 22, also of Lyndora, were formally arraigned before county Judge William Shaffer Tuesday afternoon on charges related to the shooting death of 26-year-old Melissa Barto on June 8.

Ramsey was charged with criminal homicide, felony conspiracy to criminal homicide, hinder apprehension, misdemeanor abuse of a corpse, tampering with evidence, and conspiracy charges to both.

Butler County District Attorney Richard Goldinger previously said no determination has yet been made toward seeking the death penalty in the case.

Bowser was charged with felony hindering apprehension and misdemeanor conspiracy counts to abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence.

Both men were scheduled for further court proceedings, according to public online court records. Ramsey was scheduled for a status conference on Oct. 16, call of the list on Nov. 29 and jury selection on Nov. 30. Bowser was scheduled for status conference on Oct. 16 and judicial conference on Dec. 6.

Ramsey continues to be held in the Butler County Prison after bail was denied, and Bowser continues to be held on $100,000 bail.

A full report will appear in the Butler Eagle.