Suspect charged in death of St. Louis hotel manager
ST. LOUIS - A 43-year-old man has been charged with killing a St. Louis hotel manager during a robbery.
Poplar Bluff Police Chief Danny Whiteley said Joseph B. Bowens was charged Sunday with first-degree murder in Thursday's killing of Scott Knopfel at a Drury Inn & Suites hotel. The 50-year-old Knopfel was one of seven people killed over a 24-hour span last week in St. Louis.
Whiteley said Bowens was arrested Saturday night on unrelated charges after a car suspected of being used in the robbery was spotted outside his former wife's home. Bowens also is charged with first-degree robbery and two counts of armed criminal action.
He is jailed in Butler County on $500,000 cash only bond. Whiteley said he didn't know whether an attorney had been assigned to Bowens.