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Jury deliberating the fate of mom charged with freezer deaths

A Montgomery County jury now is deliberating the fate of Renee Bowman, the adoptive mother charged with killing two of her three daughters and stuffing their bodies into a freezer.

Bowman, 44, is accused of killing two girls she adopted, and beating a third. Prosecutors said she killed Minnet, who would be 12 now, and Jasmine, who would be 11, in Montgomery County in either 2006 or 2007, and took the freezer with her when she moved to Charles County and then Calvert County.

Both sides gave their closing arguments this morning.

State's Attorney John McCarthy said Bowman adopted the girls to receive the stipend from D.C. that comes with such custody.

"This woman was in it for the money. And by killing the children, keeping them literally on ice, the money continued to flow," he said.

Bowman's attorneys suggested that at least on of the two dead children died from natural causes and that Bowman didn't kill them.

Attorney Alan Drew acknowledged that Bowman abused her children, but he argued that prosecutors failed to prove she planned to kill them. If there's no premeditation, the jury could find her guilty of second-degree murder instead of first-degree murder.

The crime stunned the region and cast a spotlight on D.C.’s child welfare agency, which had allowed Bowman to adopt the three girls. The most memorable part of the week-long trial is when the surviving child, who is now 9, described on the witness stand the harrowing life that Bowman allegedly forced upon the girls.

That girl is being raised by foster parents in Calvert County.

For full coverage of the Bowman case, click here.

-- Dan Morse

By Washington Post editors  |  February 22, 2010; 12:29 PM ET
Categories:  Calvert , Charles , Dan Morse , From the Courthouse , Homicide , Maryland , Montgomery  
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Comments

Find her guilty, then sentence her to death by being buried alive in a freezer. What a witch.

Posted by: B-rod | February 22, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

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