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September 25, 2012

Blombergh murder trial opens

TIFTON — The trial of Ruby Evans, charged murder and conspiracy in the death of 28-year-old Sunday Blombergh, is under way at the Tift County Courthouse and is expected to last for several days. A jury was chosen in the case Monday.

Evans, was arrested in 2010 in connection with the death of Blombergh, who disappeared April 22, 2010 from the 49 Briarwood Lane home she shared with Ruby Evans and her husband, Roy Herman Evans.

Ruby Evans is the mother of Blombergh’s estranged husband, 30-year-old Theo Wayne Conoly, who is the father of Blombergh’s then 7-year-old daughter.

Conoly was arrested in July 2010 in Florida and charged with conspiracy to commit murder, and Roy Herman Evans pleaded guilty to murder in July 2011. He was sentenced to life in prison and will be eligible for parole in 30 years.

Blombergh’s badly decomposed body was found May 27, 2010 in Colquitt County near the Tift County line.

Colquitt County Coroner Verlyn Brock was reported as stating that Blombergh’s body was found in deep woods accessed from near the bridge at the dead end of Vickers Bridge Road, between Ellenton and Lenox. Sheriff Gary Vowell was quoted stating that apparently, Sunday was preparing to move to Tallahassee to go to work on the day that she disappeared and had decided to leave the child with Ruby so she could finish the school year.

Evans’ friend, Kenneth Randall Tomlinson, 48, was also arrested in the case of Blombergh’s death. He was charged with concealing her death by helping Evans hide Blombergh’s body.

On Tuesday, the jury heard evidence from a GBI criminologist who described the state of Blombergh's body when it was brought to the GBI lab. She said she was able to identify Blombergh through two tattoos and numbered implants.

The criminologist, a medical doctor board certified in criminology, said Blombergh died from a gunshot to the head but also had a rib broken in half by blunt force.

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