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Loudoun grand jury indicts Leesburg man charged with father’s murder

Michael F. Bowles. Courtesy Photo
Leesburg resident Michael Bowles was indicted Monday by a Loudoun County grand jury on seven charges, including first-degree murder.

Bowles, 20, is charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death of his father, Mario M. Bowles, on July 25, the use of a firearm in felony first offense, shooting or stabbing in commission of a felony, arson, concealing a dead body, maliciously shooting or throwing missiles and the use of a sawed off gun in a crime.

Fire crews were dispatched to Mario Bowles' home in the area of Bald Hill Road and Steed Hill Lane near Lucketts after a fire was discovered shortly around 5 p.m. on July 25.

On July 26, officials were able to access and search through what remained of the home, where they discovered Mario Bowles' body.

Michael Bowles has been in custody since he was found walking near to his parents' burnt out home in the early hours of July 26.

During a hearing in Loudoun County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court on Nov. 15, Judge Avelina S. Jacobs heard testimony from nine prosecution witnesses. Jacobs ruled there was probable cause to send the case to a grand jury for review.

In the hearing, psychiatrist Sabah Hadi said he had diagnosed Bowles as a high-functioning schizophrenic in late 2014.

The court also heard from James Nowland, a friend of the younger Bowles' from Tuscarora High School. Nowland said he was contacted by Bowles about buying a gun Nowland was selling on Facebook in 2016. A firearm transaction took place on July 26, 2016 in the Leesburg Walmart parking lot.

Bowles will face a 10-day jury trial beginning Sept. 17, 2018.


If an 18 year old kid who broke into a home and ended up stabbing the homeowner can get 20 years, then this guy should get even more - regardless of having schizophrenia. How many mentally ill people thus far have gotten ahold of a gun and killed one or multiple people? The 18 year old had some history with the juvenile dept, and I bet this guy did, too. Time to get tough and stay tough on these kinds of issues to get the message out that these activities will be met with some ‘not fun’ consequences.

A diagnosed schizophrenic able to purchase a firearm in the local WalMart parking lot.  Good stuff.

He’s definitely guilty…....

.....of a bad haircut!

Has there been any reason why Bowles would have killed his father?

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