Widow returns to stand

Eric Bowen’s widow Portia was brought back to the witness stand Tuesday as testimony continued in the murder trial of Dedrick Anders.

Anders is charged with shooting his brother in law on Jan. 3, 2016, after an ongoing dispute over a home owned by Anders. Anders is expected to testify in his own defense.

Defense attorney William Gore hammered Portia Bowen on the witness stand Tuesday, asking her about a series of domestic violence complaints filed against her husband, as well as other convictions for assault. In each case, she answered that she did not know or did not recall.

An exasperated Gore asked if Mrs. Bowen was denying the incidents. After looking at her mother-in-law  for a moment, Mrs. Bowen turned briefly to Gore.

“Mr. Gore, there has been so much. I just don’t know.”

Superior Court Judge Kent Harrell approved her request for a brief break shortly before 5 p.m. Mrs. Bowen will return to the witness stand at 9:30 a.m.

Earlier in the day, Dr. Navila Haikel of the State Medical Examiner’s Office described the autopsy of Bowen’s body. The Personal Protection-brand round tore through Bowen’s left hand along the web between the thumb and forefinger, then entered the upper left chest. The bullet damaged both lungs and his heart before stopping in the skin of his back.

Tuesday also saw the state wrap up its case with the videotaped confession and interview of Anders by sheriff’s investigators Jan. 3. Anders repeatedly told the interviewers that Bowen approached the Anders automobile in their mother-in-law’s yard after blocking Anders car in the driveway. Anders said Bowen slapped him, and threatened to kill him for being on the property. As Bowen reached through the car window, Anders fired once with a .357 Magnum revolver.

Capt. Jason Soles of the sheriff’s office, who was lead investigator on the case, said Anders didn’t know Bowen was dead at the time of the interview. On the video, Anders says several times that he was afraid for his life, but he also didn’t want to see Bowen hurt.

Check back with nrcolumus.com for continuing coverage and a wrap-up of the week’s testimony in Thursday’s NR.