Pass man convicted of murder
By Dwayne Bremer
Jul 18, 2014, 19:46
It took a Harrison County jury about an hour Wednesday to find a Pass Christian man guilty of murdering his girlfriend in June 2012, according to a press release from District Attorney Joel Smith.
Ira Bowser, 35, stabbed Shabree Page 29 times at her home on the morning of June 9, 2012, Smith said. Bowser was arrested a few days later and he has been incarcerated at the Harrison County jail ever since.
"This was a senseless murder of a mother in her home that arose out of domestic violence," Smith said. "I am proud of the citizens in Pass Christian and Gulfport who came forward to testify in this case. They did their part and justice was served for Ms. Page's family."
Circuit Court Judge Roger Clark presided over the case. After the verdict was read, Clark found Bowser to be a habitual offender and sentenced him to life in prison.
Testimony in the trial revealed that in the early morning hours of June 9, 2012, Page's body was discovered by Bowser's niece. Page was covered in blood and unresponsive, according to the press release.
Forensic pathologist Dr. Paul McGarry testified Tuesday that the victim had been stabbed a total of 29 times in the abdomen, arms, chest, neck, and face.
Bowers attorney's argued that manslaughter was an appropriate charge because the two had allegedly gotten into a fight and Bowser "did not intend for Page to die."
The case was prosecuted by assistant district attorneys Crosby Parker and Mitch Owen.