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Hitchhiker accused of murder being held on $1M bond: Temple police

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Posted at 10:05 PM, Jul 28, 2022
and last updated 2022-08-01 12:28:35-04

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ROCKDALE, Texas — A 31-year-old hitchhiker charged with murder has been booked on a $1 million bond, according to online records.

Rockdale police said Justin Glen Boswell is accused of murdering motorist Rowdy Mays after the man gave him a ride on his white pickup.

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A hitchhiker accused of stabbing a 25-year-old man to death and stealing his vehicle has been captured and charged with murder, Temple police said Saturday.

Rockdale police captured Justin Glen Boswell, a man accused of murdering motorist Rowdy Mays. Boswell, 31, was picked up on the Highway 77 overpass at U.S. 79 without incident, police said.

Boswell is accused of hitchhiking and murdering Mays after Mays gave him a ride in his white pickup. Rockdale officer Lauren Hensley captured Boswell after receiving a citizen's tip of his location.

According to Temple police, officers responded to reports of the stabbing around 6:15 p.m. Thursday in the 2600 block of S. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.

Temple police have an active warrant out for a hitchhiker who allegedly stabbed the 25-year-old who gave him a ride to death.

Police said 31-year-old Justin Glen Boswell is considered armed and dangerous and is currently homeless. Boswell is wanted for questioning for the capital murder of Rowdy Mays on Thursday.

Around 6:15 p.m., officers responded to a stabbing in the 2600 block of S. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. Police said Mays was injured after being stabbed by a hitchhiker who had taken off with his vehicle as well.

Mays was transported to Baylor Scott and White hospital and later died due to his injuries.

Police recovered Mays' stolen white 2019 Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck in Rockdale Thursday night.

"The suspect is described as a white male with red hair, who drove away southbound on MLK Drive," said police.

This case is under investigation. Anyone with information should contact the Temple Police Department at 254-298-5500 or the Bell County Crime Stoppers at 254-526-8477, where callers can report anonymously."