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Bowles Murder Trial Day 3: Convicted of Second Degree Murder

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Barry Bowles, a Charlottesville man who stabbed his wife to death in their kitchen on a September night in 2010 is headed to prison.

It took the jury three hours Friday night to decide Bowles' fate of second degree murder. They had a choice between first degree and second degree murder or voluntary manslaughter.

The sentencing range for second degree murder is five to 40 years. The jury is working on a sentencing recommendation right now.


Day three of the Barry Bowles murder trial has been slowed by technical difficulties in court, but the case is still expected to go to the jury Friday evening.

Barry Bowles is accused of stabbing his wife, Rachel Ann Bowles, to death during an argument at their apartment  in September 2010.  Rachel was stabbed 16 times, including a fatal wound to the heart.

Bowles admits that he did it, so the matter before the jury is to what degree he is responsible. The defense says Barry Bowles was out of his mind with rage, does not remember the killing, and should not be convicted of first-degree murder.  Prosecutors say Bowles should be held accountable.

Friday's testimony centered on the prosecution's case, with video and audio tapes recorded by police and the jail of the Bowles interrogation and calls home to his family.

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