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ARREST IN ’97 MURDER CASE

BSO Case Number: DR01-09-2598
PIO Number: 01-12-44
Date: September 18, 1997
Time: 0750
Place of Occurrence: Roadrunner Tire Co., 195 SW 15 St., Deerfield Beach

Victim(s):

  • John Rodocker, 36, 11/18/60, 611 NE 24 St., Pompano Beach (DECEASED)

Suspect(s):

  • James Bostic, 56, 12/18/45, Glades Correctional Instn. (state prison)

Description of Incident:

An imprisoned career criminal has been charged with murder for the 1997 beating death of a Deerfield Beach tire store manager.

At 7:50 a.m. on September 18th, 1997, the body of John Rodocker was found behind the Roadrunner Tire Company at 195 SW 15th Street. Rodocker was the manager of the business and it appeared that he had interrupted a burglary in progress and was beaten to death. The cause of death was blunt head trauma.

The investigation revealed Rodocker had spent the night inside the building. The suspect, now known to be James Bostic, 56, began to break in to the structure through a plastered-over rear door. As he pulled chunks of cement off the closed-off entrance Bostic cut himself on a piece of wire lathe, leaving traces of his blood. A former Roadrunner employee, Bostic knew about the plastered-over back door and he knew Rodocker. When Rodocker went to check out the noise behind the building Bostic attacked him and left him dead.

A prolific burglar and career criminal, Bostic was questioned by detectives but there was no evidence to connect him to the crime. On January 17th, 2001, BSO was informed that the CODIS (Combined DNA Indexing System) DNA data base had linked prison inmate James Bostic to the blood found on the building wall. BSO detectives collected a separate DNA sample from Bostic and ran another DNA test, which again linked Bostic to the crime scene.

During interviews with detectives this year, Bostic denied being responsible for the Rodocker killing. A warrant for his arrest, charging him with First Degree Murder, was obtained on December 26th and the next day, BSO Det. Eli Thomasevich served Bostic at Glades Correctional Institute where he is currently imprisoned.

INVESTIGATORS:
THIS REPORT BY: Det. E. Thomasevich, Sgt. R. O’Neil, Homicide Jim Leljedal / PIO 12/28/01 2 p.m.

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