SE Missouri man convicted of killing St. Louis hotel clerk
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 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.
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