Connor Bowman, a former doctor at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of his wife, Betty Bowman, a pharmacist at Mayo Clinic.
The incident occurred last summer, and Bowman, 30, made his initial court appearance on Monday. Bail has been set at $2 million with conditions, or $5 million without.
His next court appearance is scheduled for November 1.
Betty Bowman was admitted to Mayo Clinic on August 16 with gastrointestinal distress and dehydration.
Despite medical intervention, her condition worsened, leading to her passing on August 20 at the age of 32.
An autopsy revealed that the cause of death was the toxic effects of colchicine, a drug used to treat gout, a condition Betty was not known to have.
Initial claims by Connor Bowman suggested that his wife’s death might have been due to a rare condition called hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH), though tests for HLH at the hospital were inconclusive. Bowman attempted to impede the autopsy process and advocated for immediate cremation.
Divorce and life insurance issues
Law enforcement’s investigation unearthed discussions of divorce between the couple.
It was discovered that Connor Bowman was poised to receive a $500,000 life insurance payout after Betty’s demise.
Furthermore, forensic analysis of Bowman’s electronic devices, including one he utilized as a poison specialist at the University of Kansas, revealed searches related to colchicine.
Officials at the University stated that no inquiries regarding colchicine were made to Bowman.
Additionally, Bowman’s internet searches included queries such as “internet browsing history: can it be used in court?” and research on other potentially lethal substances.
In response to the situation, Mayo Clinic officials acknowledged Bowman’s arrest and confirmed that his residency at Mayo had concluded earlier in the month.