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UPDATED: Bowling Murder Trial

By: Heather King / Bill Wilson / Christine Kennedy
By: Heather King / Bill Wilson / Christine Kennedy

Thursday was the first full day of testimony in the case of Mark Bowling, the funeral home owner accused of killing his wife.

The state says they have over 50 witnesses supporting their case. Thursday, Sandy Godwin took the stand. She's the second person to see Julie Bowling's body, moments after it was discovered. She describes the moment when she, and the paramedics realized that Julie Bowling hadn't fallen and hurt herself, but was shot.

Bowling's mistress, Rose Vincent pleaded guilty to shooting Julie Bowling but says Mark Bowling orchestrated the murder. Vincent is expected to testify. Prosecutors will not seek the death penalty for bowling, if he is convicted.

Wednesday's story:
A state medical examiner was the first person to take the stand in the case of a funeral home owner accused of killing his wife.

Lawyers in Mark Bowling's trial made their opening statements in a Pitt County courtroom .

The trial for Bowling was moved to Greenville after lawyers from both sides doubted whether they could get an impartial jury in Nash County.

Bowling is accused in the December 2006 murder of his wife. Julie Bowling's body was found in the couple's Rocky Mount home.

Prosecutors say that Bowling and his girlfriend, Rose Vincent, hatched the murder plan back in January 2006.

The state claims there were several planned attempts on Julie Bowling's life, but Vincent always backed out. Two of those attempts happened in Greenville on the same day while the victim was attending a conference.

Vincent has already pleaded guilty for pulling the trigger, working out a plea deal in return for her testimony against Bowling.

Mark Bowling's attorney acknowledges his client "laid down with dogs" and had affairs and one night stands, but he maintains his innocence.

His lawyer told the jurors that Bowling will testify in the trial.

The high profile trial could be a lengthy one. The court says there are 126 potential witnesses in the case.


Tuesday's story

Twelve jurors and two alternates have now been selected in the murder trial of a Rocky Mount funeral home owner who is accused of killing his wife.

Mark Bowling's trial was moved to Greenville out of concern that news media coverage from Rocky Mount might make it hard to find an impartial jury.

This morning the 12 jurors were picked, and this afternoon two alternates were selected.

One more alternate needs to be selected and the judge told the 14 already picked to return at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday. It's expected that opening statements from attorneys would then take place. Yesterday court officials said it might take all week to seat the jury.

Bowling is charged with the murder of his wife, Julie. She was shot at their home in Rocky Mount in December 2006.



Monday's Story

It was slow going today in selecting the jury for a funeral home owner accused of killing his own wife.

Mark Bowling of Rocky Mount is charged with the murder of his wife, Julie. She was shot at their home in Rocky Mount in December 2006.

Bowling's trial has been moved from Nash County to the courthouse in Greenville, in hopes of getting a more unbiased jury in such a highly publicized case.

The court brought in a pool of 120 potential jurors on Monday and have plans to call an additional 120 on Wednesday. After a day of questioning potential jurors, none had been selected by the end of the day.

Court officials expect the jury selection process to last all week.

Bowling's mistress, Rose Vincent pleaded guilty to shooting Julie Bowling but says Mark Bowling orchestrated the murder. Vincent is expected to testify once the trial gets underway.

Prosecutors will not seek the death penalty for Bowling, if he is convicted in his wife's murder.


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