Bowen Murder Trial to Begin in October

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EUGENE, Ore. — Court documents are outlining why the state is charging a Cottage Grove man with murder and why he’s claiming self-defense.

David Bowen is charged with killing Tammy Borda and abusing her corpse.

The details in the documents are disturbing.

Back in December, Borda’s family put a call out to help find their missing loved one.

At that time, Borda’s family told KEZI 9 News she was last heard from at her ex-boyfriend’s home in Cottage Grove over Thanksgiving.

Her boyfriend was questioned, and then in mid-December her body was found and Bowen arrested and charged with killing her.

The documents detail why he is charged with the crimes and his claim of self-defense. In the documents, Bowen told authorities he shot Borda in head on December 2.

The documents say Bowen told authorities Borda had pulled a pistol on him, and that he tried to shoot her in the shoulder so she would drop the gun. Instead he “happened to hit Borda in the head.” He said he was going to take her to the hospital, but she was already dead.

The documents also state Bowen kept her body at his home for a couple of weeks, then wrapped her body in cardboard with a chain around it, then dragged her body behind his car, into the woods, and ultimately rolled it down an embankment.

In the documents, investigators say Bowen later led them to her body.

KEZI 9 News talked with Borda’s friends the day of the memorial, and they describe her as a sweet woman who impacted her community and had a great laugh.

Bowen pleaded not guilty to the charges of murder, abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence, and his trial has now been set for October 27.

KEZI 9 News reached out to Bowen’s attorney, but did not get a call back.

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