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Convicted murderer Mark Bowling dies in prison

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Mark Bowling is led to the courtroom for his arraignment on Dec. 12, 2006, at the Nash County Courthouse in Nashville. The convicted murderer died Friday at Sampson Correctional Institute.

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BY AMELIA HARPER
Staff Writer

Monday, August 13, 2018

Mark Bowling, who was convicted of his wife’s murder in one of Rocky Mount’s most infamous cases, will not be serving out his 15-year sentence. He died in prison on Friday.

Bowling, who was serving his sentence at the Sampson Correctional Institute, died of natural causes, Jerry Higgins, a communications officer for the state Department of Public Safety, told the Telegram on Monday.

Bowling and his lover, Rose Vincent, were both convicted of the murder of Bowling’s wife in 2008. In the early hours of Dec. 8, 2006, Julie Bowling, 45, was shot to death in the garage of her home on River Glenn. Julie Bowling was a radiation therapist for Nash Health Care at the time of her death.

Vincent pleaded guilty to the homicide in February 2007 but pointed to Bowling as the one who gave her the weapon and orchestrated the crime. Prosecutors said evidence, including a one-month-old life insurance policy on his wife, pointed to money as the main motive for the crime.

Bowling was convicted of second-degree murder and conspiracy to murder in the first degree. As part of the plea agreement, his sentences were to be served concurrently. Bowling, who was 37 years old at the time of his conviction in 2008, was 47 at the time of his death. At the time of his death, he did not have any prison infractions listed on his public record. His projected release date was Aug. 31, 2022.

Vincent, who was the married mother of three children at the time of the homicide, was convicted of the same charges but was sentenced to serve her terms consecutively. According to state records, she has been charged with 13 infractions while in prison. Her projected release date at this time is March 2035. Vincent, who was 28 at the time of her conviction, is now 39.

The story of the crime and convictions has since been featured on television in an episode of “Killer Couples” and in an episode of “Scorned:Love Kills” entitled “Caskets and Strippers.”

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