Ketchikan man charged in homicide

Posted: Wednesday, May 09, 2001

KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A Ketchikan man was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder after confessing to the beating death of his friend and former roommate, Ketchikan police said.

Acting Ketchikan Police Chief Grant Sirevog said Tuesday that Carl Wayne Abuhl, 29, confessed Monday night that he beat Steve Bowen, 49, to death with a baseball bat at Bowen's Bawden Street home.

''Its a pretty horrific crime scene,'' Sirevog said.

Police learned of Bowen's death from members of the victim's family, who went to his home after not hearing from him for several days. They found Bowen's body at about 1:30 p.m. Monday. Sirevog said Bowen likely had been dead several days before his body was found.

At the time of the murder, Bowen lived alone, said Sirevog. Abuhl was contacted after police learned he recently had been Bowen's roommate.

Abuhl's confession, which came after several hours of talking with police, included specific details that no one but the murderer could know, Sirevog said. Investigators from the State Crime Lab were brought in to help process the scene and to corroborate the suspects statements.

Abuhl has a criminal record that includes felony drug charges, Sirevog said. The acting chief declined to comment on whether the murder was drug related.

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