ALEXANDER CITY, Ala., April 25 (AP) — A 39-year-old woman who formerly operated an Alaskan taxicab service today was bound over to the grand jury on a murder charge in the slaying of an elderly Waco missionary.
The accused woman was identified as Catherine Bystrom, Birmingham. James Lee McGraw, 29, also of Birmingham, was released under $100 bond as a material witness. Both were arrested in Memphis, Tenn., April 6.
Mrs. Bystrom was charged in the slaying of Miss Lillian Euphemia Schliefer, 70, a missionary for Davidian Branch of the Seventh Day Adventist Church. Her trussed and nearly nude body was recovered from backwaters of Lake Martin near here Feb. 25. The body was not identified for six weeks.
Miss Schliefer had disappeared while on a trip from Waco to Jamaica, British West Indies.
Mrs. Bystrom, who said she operated a cab service in Fairbanks, Alaska, for about 12 years, told officers she drove Miss Schliefer to Birmingham but the missionary left by bus after the car developed engine trouble. She had offered to drive the woman from Waco to Miami, Mrs. Bystrom said.