Kansas City woman guilty of killing husband after trial was delayed 11 times


LIBERTY, Mo. — A jury convicted a Kansas City woman for the murder of her husband six years after she was indicted for the crime.

Clay County prosecuting Attorney Daniel White said the trial for 60-year-old Viola Bowman was delayed 11 times because of COVID-19 and various other issues.

According to court documents, Bowman called 9-1-1 on Nov. 7, 2012, to report someone broke into her home and killed her husband. After gathering evidence at the house for nearly 17 hours, investigators later determined the break-in was staged.

A jury convicted Bowman of first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of her husband. The jury recommended a life sentence, plus 10 years for the gun charge.

Bowman will be sentenced on Nov. 10, 2021.

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