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Man charged in double murder was involved in family feud

By Fran Gonzalez | Oct 07, 2020
Photo by: Fran Gonzalez Glenn Brown, left, appears with his attorney, Steven Peterson, at his arraignment at the Waldo Judicial Center Oct. 7.

Belfast — A Benton man charged with killing his sister and brother-in-law at their Waldo home was arraigned in Belfast Wednesday, Oct. 7.

Glenn Brown, 66, was led into the Waldo Judicial Center courtroom in handcuffs and said he understood the charges against him. He is represented by attorney Steven Peterson  of Rockport.

Brown was charged in the deaths Monday night, Oct. 5, of Tina Bowden and her husband, Richard Bowden, both 64.

Tina Bowden was found dead with a gunshot would to the head, while Richard Bowden was taken to Waldo County General Hospital, where he was declared dead.

According to State Police spokeswoman Katy England, Brown walked into the Belfast Police Department to report the shooting.

In an affidavit filed with the court, police said that when they interviewed Brown, he claimed to have shot "two exotic birds," and that he had a rifle in his pickup truck.

Officers were then dispatched to the Bowdens' home at 125 Bonne Terre Road in Waldo.

The affidavit goes on to say Brown and three of his siblings were involved in an ongoing civil battle with their sister Tina over his late stepfather's estate.

Police spoke with Brown's brother Mitchell Brown, who said Tina excluded the rest of the family from receiving anything from the estate. Mitchell said Tina's actions caused an "enormous amount of animosity within the family."

Brown did not speak of the family's issues often, Mitchell said, but he knew his brother was angry with his sister Tina.

Police retrieved a 9mm Taurus pistol from Brown's Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck, and found several empty 9mm casings on the floor of the Bowdens' home.

Justice Robert Murray said at the Oct. 7 arraignment the minimum sentence is 25 years for each count; the maximum sentence is life in prison.

Brown was ordered to undergo a competency and psychological exam and a Harnish hearing was set for Oct. 15 to determine whether he will be eligible for bail.

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