Convicted killer sick, may not get death sentence

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Gregory Bowman

ST. LOUIS (AP) – A man convicted of one killing and suspected in two others may never face the death penalty due to sentencing delays caused in part by a prosecutor’s stroke and the killer’s own failing health.

Gregory Bowman is imprisoned in Missouri for strangling a teenager in St. Louis County in 1977. He was also convicted of killing a 14-year-old girl and a 21-year-old woman in Belleville, Ill., in 1978, but the convictions were overturned. He was never retried.

The Missouri Supreme Court in 2011 upheld Bowman’s Missouri conviction but ordered re-sentencing.

The hearing is now delayed until April 2015. Colleen Blake, the clerk for St. Louis County Circuit Judge David Vincent, says the prosecutor handling the case had a stroke in January, and Bowman has a potentially fatal kidney ailment.

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