State witnesses were called in a murder trial on Tuesday in Darke County Common Pleas Court. Judge Jonathan P. Hein presided, with Darke County Prosecutor R. Kelly Ormsby and Bowman’s attorney Alex Pendl present.
Richard M. Bowman, 59, of New Weston, appeared in court today on one count of aggravated murder, a first-degree felony, for allegedly strangling his wife Teresa E. Bowman, 60, to death in April 2020. If convicted, he faces up to life in prison.
The Darke County Sheriff’s Office was called to the Bowman’s home, on Disher Road, on April 2020, where they found Teresa Bowman dead in a barn on the property. A forensic exam later determined she died from strangulation.
The state alleged that Bowman planned his wife’s murder in order to be with his mistress and collect Bowman’s life insurance policies.
While Bowman’s defense claimed after Bowman arrived home from running errands, he found his wife dead in the barn, called 911 and performed CPR while he waited for paramedics. Pendl told the jury in his opening statement that law enforcement didn’t pursue other suspects with the same aggression they did Bowman.
State witnesses called on Tuesday included former Darke County Sheriff’s dispatcher Maicie Snyder, Mercer County firefighter Doug Evers, Union City Fire Captain Dustin Bruner, Union City paramedic and firefighter Leann Bruns, Union City paramedic and firefighter Amber DeRegaucourt, Darke County Sheriff’s Deputy Kelly Moody, Darke County Chief Medicolegal Investigator Joe VanVickle and Montgomery County Coroner’s Office forensic pathologist Dr. Susan Brown.
Court will reconvene at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning. You can stream Darke County Common Pleas Court hearings on YouTube at https://tinyurl.com/commonpleas