December 24, 2013

Gunned down: Person of interest in North Richland Hills slaying killed

Whitley Bowley, a "person of interest" in the 2007 slaying of a Marianne Wilkinson in North Richland Hills, was shot to death Sunday night in Oklahoma City, authorities say.

A man who had been a “person of interest” in the 2007 slaying of a 68-year-old woman in North Richland Hills was shot to death Sunday night in Oklahoma City.

Whitley Bowley, believed to be in his mid-30s, was gunned down in what police believe was a domestic disturbance turned violent at a home in the 14000 block of Scott Street, said Lt. Kevin Parton, spokesman for Oklahoma City police.

Investigator Keith Bauman, a police spokesman in North Richland Hills, confirmed that Bowley was one of three men who were considered people of interest in the death of Marianne Wilkinson on Dec. 9, 2007.

Wilkinson, 68, was shot to death while answering the doorbell at her home in the 8400 block of Spence Court in North Richland Hills, a possible victim of mistaken identity.

Last summer, police said there were people in the East Texas town of Palestine who might have information about Wilkinson’s death, but they declined to give details.

Bauman was also tight-lipped when asked to confirm that Bowley was part of the investigation.

“It was one of the persons of interest,” Bauman said of Bowley’s death. “Otherwise, I have no information on his death.

“[The] case is still open and there are still the original two persons of interest.”

Those men, Dennis Michael Taylor and Vincent Lane, were described as persons of interest by police in the months after Wilkinson’s death.

Taylor’s wife lived in a home with the same address number on a parallel cul-de-sac a block away from the Wilkinson home. She and Taylor were going through a divorce at the time of Wilkinson’s death.

Parton said he learned from the news media in Oklahoma City that Bowley had been a person of interest in the Texas cold case.

He said Bowley’s girlfriend called 911 about 8:30 p.m. to report that he had been beating her and that she shot him.

“She took the magazine out of the gun, set it down and went outside to meet with police,” Parton said.

The woman cooperated with officers who questioned her, and no one was arrested Sunday, Parton said.

The case will be submitted to a district attorney who will decide whether to prosecute, Parton said.

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