Ashley's Boyfriend Is Charged

With His Own Mother's Murder!

Presented By

Bonnie M. Wells

Jan. 2nd, 2008: COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Detectives have made an arrest in last Friday’s double murder at 2702 Maplewood Drive, NBC 4 reported. Franklin County Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested Robert MacMichael II and charged him with the aggravated murder of his mother, Barbara Rush-MacMichael, and her boyfriend, Greg Bartee, according to police reports. The couple’s bodies were discovered in the bedroom of the home last Friday by a housemate who returned home for the evening. MacMichael, 25, is scheduled to be arraigned in Franklin County court.

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For two days, the bodies of Barbara Rush and Greg Bartee lay locked in a bedroom of a Minerva Park home while another roommate went about his daily business.

The man had moved into the house because Rush and Bartee were struggling to afford the mortgage.

Curiosity over the couple’s whereabouts led him to unlock the door Friday and discover the couple’s bodies, said Robert MacMichael Sr., Rush’s ex-husband and a co-owner of the home at 2702 Maplewood Dr. where the bodies were found.

Yesterday, Franklin County deputies talked to residents in the area again, trying to solve the double homicide.

Autopsies are expected to be conducted today. Franklin County Chief Deputy Steve Martin would not say how investigators think the couple were killed. But he said detectives think they had been dead for up to two days before they were found on Friday afternoon.

MacMichael Sr. and Rush bought the house when they moved to Columbus from Philadelphia in 1988 and maintained dual ownership of the home after their divorce in 2001.

About two years ago, Rush, 49, lost her job at a title agency because of the slowing housing market and had been struggling financially, MacMichael Sr. said. He said he helped his ex-wife by paying taxes and insurance on the house.

Rush met Greg Bartee, 43, at a North Side bar, and he later moved in with her, her son Robert MacMichael II said.

But Bartee was in and out of work and the couple still struggled, MacMichael Sr. said.

Rush and Bartee agreed that they would move out of the house. In the meantime, MacMichael Sr. said, a friend of his agreed to share the house with the couple and pay part of the mortgage. The friend would have the house to himself when the couple moved out.

MacMichael Sr. did not want to name the renter, who he said has been upset since discovering the bodies, to shield him from media attention.

Martin said deputies are looking for a maroon Ford F-150 pickup with the license plate EW63 HY. The truck had been driven by Bartee but wasn’t at the house Friday afternoon when the bodies were discovered, Martin said.

Detectives went out yesterday to interview the couple’s neighbors again and also to talk to MacMichael II.

MacMichael II said he was aware that deputies wanted to talk to him, but he hadn’t yet returned the call.

He said he saw his mother and Bartee on Friday, stopping at the Maplewood Drive home to say "Merry Christmas and give her a card."

She seemed depressed, he said. Since she had met Bartee, he said, she had been drinking more than she used to. Asked who he thought might have killed his mother, MacMichael II said he was too upset to talk about it.

"I don’t want to think about it," he said before ending the conversation.

Before that, her son described Rush as a lifelong Philadelphia Eagles football fan and a woman who had a good heart. Rush’s ex-husband agreed, adding that she was extremely honest: "She would choke on a lie."

MacMichael Sr. said he wants his son to call deputies, but he knows his son has been arrested several times before and doesn’t like police.

The younger MacMichael is wanted on a warrant for not appearing on a drunkendriving charge.

Bartee also has had legal troubles. On Nov. 11, he was arrested in Westerville on a drug charge. Details of that arrest were not available yesterday.

Rush leaves behind two sons, three brothers and three sisters who all live near Philadelphia, MacMichael Sr. said.

Bartee has a son who is in the military, MacMichael II said.


Ashley Lynn Howley

DOB: 7-14-83

Born/Raised: Livonia, Michigan

Hair: Brown w/blond highlights

Eye Color: Brown

Last Seen: 6-16-04

Distinguishing Marks: Tattoo across back;

Playboy Bunny tattoo on hip; Cancer sign on right shoulder:

Piercings: one in each ear / tongue barbell

Place of disappearance: Columbus, Ohio

Case # and Detective:04026793 - Det. Redman - Ph:614-645-4730

My Comments

All I can say is this ..... if someone had taken Ashley's disappearance seriously and had put some pressure on Bobby MacMichael when she disappeared, then maybe his mother and her boyfriend might still be alive.

Maybe now authorities will consider him a 'suspect' in Ashley's disappearance, and hopefully the prosecuting attorney will be willing to plea bargain, and if he tells where Ashley is he'll be allowed to live out his life behind prison bars. If not, then I say fry the worthless piece of crap and get him off our planet.

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