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Florida Death Count Names Ex-suspect

Robby Trammell Published: March 24, 1988

GAINESVILLE, Fla. Herman Edward "Eddie" Lamb Jr., acquitted last year in five Oklahoma slayings, was charged with first-degree murder here Wednesday in the 1987 death of a Gainesville nude dancer.

Lamb, 42, is accused of murdering Bonnie Sue Loker, 34, Alachua County sheriff's spokesman Spencer Mann said.

Loker's body naked and battered was found Dec. 22, 1987, in a ditch in Levy County, 25 miles west of Gainesville.

The woman, who had been missing five days, had reportedly been beaten, stabbed and strangled.

"As far as the probable cause in charging Lamb, motive behind the killing, exact cause of death, and the murder scenario, we are not disclosing at this time," Mann said. "Our investigators have been feverishly working on this case and want to protect the investigation."

Mann said Lamb's wife of less than a year, Laura Steffen Lamb, 21, also has been charged here in the case. But he said those "companion charges," which do not include murder, are not being publicly released.

He said Circuit Judge Stan Morris issued a gag order sealing records.

"This gives us an opportunity to more develop the case without disclosing the facts which would possibly lead back to the suspect," Mann said.

Lamb had been working in Gainesville before Loker's murder, according to published reports.

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