Bowman murder trial: day two

GREENVILLE — Prosecution witnesses took the stand on the second day of the Richard M. Bowman trial in Darke County Common Pleas Court.

Darke County Sheriff’s Office Detective Doug Didier took the stand as the first witness for the prosecution on Wednesday. He testified he did not find any place where the victim, Teresa Bowman, would have fallen from during his search.

“Things weren’t quite adding up with the placement of anything,” Didier said.

Bowman was arrested in June 2020 after his wife was pronounced dead at their residence on Disher Road, Darke County, Ohio, in April. A forensic examination revealed her death was the result of strangulation.

The day following the discovery of Teresa Bowman’s body was utilized to check Richard Bowman’s alibi. The surveillance cameras at the locations Bowman stated he went did not show his vehicle during the times given. Prosecutors claim the only surveillance camera on which Bowman was seen was inside Dollar General.

“He had on dark shoes and a dark jacket,” Didier said. “It did not appear to be the same clothing there at the house.”

A search warrant was obtained and detectives searched for the missing clothing and a possible weapon.

“We never found the dark black tennis shoes or other clothing,” Didier said, “and we never found the weapon either.”

Though these items were never recovered, an interview recorded between [Darke County Sheriff’s Office Detective Rachael Prickett, Sergeant Chris Clark, and Bowman, he reported the clothing had been allegedly stolen.

“It makes absolutely no sense to me,” Bowman stated. “My all black tennis shoes and Carhart vest are gone.”

The interview continued with a list of …..

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