A convicted murderer currently behind bars for the rape and murder of a woman in 1980 will now stand trial for the death of his adopted daughter, 14, who he allegedly pushed down the stairs, dismembered and buried under a concrete slab back in 1989.
Dennis Bowman, 71, from Michigan, appeared in Allegan County District Court Monday where a judge ruled there was ‘ample evidence’ to send him to trial over the slaying of Aundria Bowman, who he previously claimed had run away from home.
Bowman’s wife Brenda Bowman testified that her husband confessed to their daughter’s murder in a prison phone call last year where he told her Aundria’s body had been ‘right under your nose’ in their backyard for the last three decades.
At the time of his confession, Bowman was behind bars for the rape and murder of 25-year-old Kathleen Doyle, the wife of a US Navy pilot, after new DNA genealogy analysis tied him to the 40-year-old cold case in 2019.
Investigators then discovered the skeletal remains of Aundria in a shallow grave in the yard of Bowman’s home and he was charged with her murder in May.
He pleaded guilty in June to Doyle’s rape and murder and is serving two life sentences.
A convicted murderer currently behind bars for the rape and murder of a woman in 1980 will now stand trial for the death of his adopted daughter, 14, who he allegedly pushed down the stairs, dismembered and buried under a concrete slab back in 1989. Dennis Bowman appearing in court Monday
Bowman, 71, from Michigan, appeared in Allegan County District Court Monday where a judge ruled there was ‘ample evidence’ to send him to trial over the slaying of Aundria Bowman
Bowman’s wife told the court Monday he had maintained for 30 years that their daughter ran away from home back in 1989.
Brenda said her husband then confessed to the murder when she visited him in Allegan County Jail in December 2019.
She told the court Bowman said he had gotten into an argument with the 14-year-old and ‘slapped’ her, causing her to fall down the stairs, reported ABC13.
She said he then told her ‘he put her in a box, and put her out with the trash.’
Bowman then confessed in a February 2020 phone call that he had buried her body in the backyard of their home in Hamilton, she said.
Brenda said Bowman had moved the body with them when they moved from the home in Holland where they were living when the teen disappeared to their current home in 1989.
He said he moved her body ‘as soon as we signed papers on the land,’ she testified.
‘He was talking something about so near, so far – right under your nose – and I said, ‘What the heck are you talking about?’ And he says, ‘Aundria, she’s buried in the backyard,” she said.
Aundria Bowman (pictured) vanished in 1989 with her father claiming she ran away at the time
‘He told me she was out under the cement slab, left hand corner, front.’
She added: ‘He didn’t lie to me this time.’
Bowman’s prison phone call confession led investigators to make the grim discovery of Aundria’s dismembered remains in February 2020.
The killer had confessed weeks earlier to cops that he was involved in his daughter’s death but had not disclosed the burial site.
Brenda said Aundria was ‘rebellious’ and had previously claimed Bowman sexually abused her, but said she hadn’t believed her, reported The Holland Sentinel.
Bowman is currently behind bars for the rape and murder of 25-year-old Kathleen Doyle (pictured)
‘She told me one morning that dad had molested her. And I looked at her and told her, ‘That’s a lie, and you know it.”
Michigan State Police detective Todd Workman told the court Bowman confessed in a police interview that he got in a fight with Aundria when she said she would accuse him of sexual assault, reported ABC13.
Bowman said he arrived home and found Aundria with a duffel bag packed to leave, Workman testified.
When Bowman tried to stop her leaving, the teen reportedly told him she would report him for molesting her.
Workman said Bowman said he pushed or punched her and she fell down the stairs.
Bowman said his daughter was still alive and moaning at first but then her eyes went ‘like dolls eyes’ and she died, Workman said.
The killer then claimed he wrapped her body in tarp and left her in their barn until they moved.
Bowman was in May with open murder, child abuse and mutilation of dead bodies over Aundria’s death.
Brenda said she last saw Aundria alive on March 11 1989.
Bowman’s wife Brenda Bowman testified that her husband confessed to their daughter’s murder in a prison phone call last year where he told her Aundria’s body had been ‘right under your nose’ for the last three decades. Pictured the remains discovered last year
Bowman had claimed Aundria ran away in 1989 but allegedly confessed to killing her in a prison phone call last year. Pictured a missing poster
She said the teen had returned from a school band concert and was at home doing school work.
Bowman then took Brenda to work. She said Bowman then claimed he had been out visiting family and returned home to find Aundria had stolen money and vanished.
The Bowmans reported her missing to police but the case went cold.
Questions about Aundria’s disappearance resurfaced in 2019 when Bowman was arrested over another cold case – the rape and murder of Doyle.
Doyle was found raped, strangled and stabbed to death in her home in Norfolk, Virginia, on September 11 1980 while her husband, a US Navy pilot, was on deployment.
Two serial killers Henry Lee Lucas and Ottis Toole were charged in 1984.
Dennis Bowman in mug. He was arrested in 2019 over Doyle’s murder after new DNA genealogy analysis tied him to the 40-year-old cold case. He then allegedly confessed to Audrina’s murder
However, after investigations and the discovery they were confessing to numerous murders across the country, the charges were dropped.
In 2018, new genetic genealogy databases were used to analyse the DNA from the bedspread in Doyle’s home.
This linked her murder to 30 potential suspects including Bowman.
DNA taken from Bowman then tied him to the crime.
He was arrested on November 2019 and later confessed to Doyle’s murder.
Bowman pleaded guilty in June to first-degree murder, rape and burglary for Doyle’s slaying and was sentenced to two life terms plus 20 years in prison.
He was then sent to Michigan to face charges over Aundria’s murder.
After Monday’s court appearance, Bowman’s case will now go to trial.
The case has been bound over to Circuit court. His bond was set at $200,000.