Richard Bowman with his defense counsel Alex Pendl on Monday during jury selection.

Jury finds Bowman guilty of aggravated murder

Richard Bowman found guilty of the aggravated murder of his wife Teresa Bowman in April 2020

A Darke County man was found guilty of aggravated murder in Darke County Common Pleas Court on Monday afternoon. Judge Jonathan P. Hein presided, with Darke County Prosecutor R. Kelly Ormsby and Bowman’s attorney Alex Pendl present.

After about five hours of deliberation, a 12-person jury found Richard M. Bowman, 59, of New Weston, guilty of one count of aggravated murder, an unclassified felony, for allegedly strangling his wife Teresa E. Bowman, 60, to death on April 24, 2020. He faces up to life in prison.

Authorities were called to the Bowman’s home, on Disher Road, on the day of the incident, 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 and executed his wife’s murder in order to be with his mistress and collect Bowman’s life insurance policies.

His bond was increased to $500,000 and Bowman was transported to the Darke County Jail. His sentencing date is yet to be determined, but the court expects it to be this week.

You can stream all Darke County Common Pleas Court hearings on YouTube at

Richard Bowman found Guilty of Murder

Abigail Miller / Editor

Abigail Miller is a Greenville native, Kent State graduate, writer, crocheter, shopaholic and friend. Contact Darke County Now Reporter Abigail Miller at

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