June 10, 2020 — Dennis Bowman pleads guilty to the 1980 murder of Kathleen O’Brien Doyle in Virginia

This from Amanda M. Howie, the director of communications at the Office of the Norfolk Commonwealth’s Attorney:

Dennis Lee Bowman (Date of Birth: 3/14/49) pleaded guilty in Norfolk Circuit Court this afternoon to 1 count of First Degree Murder, 1 count of Rape, and 1 count of Burglary. He was also sentenced today for the convictions to life in prison on both First Degree Murder and Rape and 20 years in prison for Burglary. Today’s convictions and total sentence (2 life terms plus 20 years in prison to be served consecutively) reflect the unwavering commitment of the Norfolk Police Department, Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), and Norfolk Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office to pursue and secure justice – for nearly 40 years – for the woman Bowman killed and her many loved ones left to cherish her memory.

Kathleen O’Brien Doyle, 25-years-old, was found murdered in her Norfolk residence (9400 block of Granby Street) on September 11, 1980. She was the wife of a United States Navy pilot, who was deployed at the time of the homicide, and the daughter of a naval officer also serving in the United States Navy. Her murder was investigated for 39 years with the unyielding work of detectives, along with forensic evidence, culminating in the arrest of Bowman in November 2019 in Allegan County, Michigan, where he now lived. At that time, he was charged with 1 count of Second Degree Murder for Doyle’s murder and he remained in custody in Michigan until he was extradited to Norfolk in February 2020. On March 4, 2020, the Grand Jury in Norfolk Circuit Court indicted (via direct indictments presented by the Norfolk Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office) Bowman on 1 count of First Degree Murder, 1 count of Rape, and 1 count of Burglary. (Following these indictments, the Norfolk Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office nolle prossed the 1 count of Second Degree Murder in Norfolk General District Court.)

At today’s hearing, Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Philip G. Evans II spoke of how Kathleen’s father spent the rest of his life in regular communication with detectives to help ensure his daughter’s killer was identified and found. Sadly, he died in 2016, so today Mr. Evans told the Court he was reading “on his behalf, in his honor, and in her memory” words Kathleen’s father previously wrote while remembering her – “Though her pictures are all around me – on my desk and on the wall – I find it hard to describe Kathleen. My descriptive powers are simply inadequate to portray all her special qualities.”

Michigan has a detainer in place on Bowman and he will ultimately be returned to Allegan County (remaining in custody) where he was charged in May 2020 with charges related to the murder of his adopted daughter, Aundria Bowman, whom he adopted when he lived in Norfolk. Aundria Bowman was 14-years-old when she disappeared from the family’s home in March 1989.

The Norfolk Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office also appreciates the assistance of several public safety and criminal justice agencies in Michigan with the investigation and prosecution of this case.

He has already admitted to police that he killed his adopted daughter, referenced above as Aundria Bowman. The name her biological mother gave her was Alexis Miranda Badger.

She was Alexis. She is Alexis.

This cases hinges on DNA evidence, and thereby hangs a tale, not all oof which is mine to tell. But here is a description of the investigation and the outcome through the court paperwork.

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