- Associated Press - Sunday, April 10, 2016

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A southeast Missouri man has been found guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting death of a night manager at a St. Louis hotel.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (https://bit.ly/1RMFTkB) reports 45-year-old Joseph Bowens was convicted Friday of killing 50-year-old Scott Knopfel of St. Louis on Jan. 15, 2015.

Knopfel was shot in the chest and face during a robbery just before 3 a.m. at the Drury Inn & Suites hotel.

Prosecutors said Knopfel’s DNA was found on a leather jacket found at Bowens’ home, and an autopsy found Bowens’ DNA on Knopfel’s left hand.

Bowens also was found guilty Friday of first-degree robbery and two counts of armed criminal action.

His previous conviction history included drug, robbery, assault, DWI and gun cases.

No sentencing date has been set.


Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, https://www.stltoday.com

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