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Columbus Police Arrest Murder Suspect At Home Of State Rep. Kristin Boggs

Columbus Police cruiser vehicle
Adora Namigadde

Updated September 14 at 8:40 a.m.

On Wednesday morning, Columbus Police apprehended a murder suspect at the house of state Rep. Kristin Boggs (D-Columbus).

Police arrested Cameron Bowen at the home of Boggs. In a statement Wednesday afternoon, Boggs indicated Bowen was seeing a woman hired to provide child care during the stay-at-home order.

“We did our research and made a hire that came highly recommended,” Boggs writes. “As part of her compensation, we provided her with an apartment above our detached garage with its own address and separate entrance. The person she was seeing never spent any time around us or our children.”

The arrest is tied to the May 29 shooting of Harry Williams. Bowen and his brother Dejuan confronted Williams after a domestic dispute with one the Bowens’ relatives. Williams was shot and later died.

Dejuan Bowen was arrested the next day, but a grand jury declined to indict him. Police officers have been looking for Cameron Bowen since the incident. Police say shell casings found at the scene appear to match a gun owned by Cameron Bowen.

In an emailed statement on Friday, Franklin County Prosecutor Rob O'Brien said “there is no indication that Representative Kristin Boggs or her husband, Adam Ward, had any knowledge whatsoever that Cameron Bowen was wanted by police or had been involved in any criminal activity.”

Nick Evans was a reporter at WOSU's 89.7 NPR News. He spent four years in Tallahassee, Florida covering state government before joining the team at WOSU.