Suspect charged in death of St. Louis hotel manager

3 years 9 months 2 days ago Sunday, January 18 2015 Jan 18, 2015 Sunday, January 18, 2015 4:21:00 PM CST January 18, 2015 in News
By: The Associated Press

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.

 

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