Poison specialist Connor Bowman fatally poisoned his pharmacist wife and tried to stop the autopsy, Minnesota authorities say.

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Minnesota doctor accused of poisoning his wife

A poison specialist and former Mayo Clinic medical resident in Minnesota is accused of fatally poisoning his wifea 32-year-old pharmacist who died days after going to a hospital in August for an upset stomach.

Authorities say Connor Bowman, 30, tried to stop the autopsy of his wife, Betty Bowman, arguing that she should be cremated immediately and claiming she had a rare disease, which hospital tests did not confirm. The medical examiner’s office suspended the cremation order, citing suspicious circumstances, according to a criminal complaint, and an autopsy showed that Betty Bowman died from the toxic effects of colchicine, a medication used to treat gout.

This booking photo provided by the Olmsted County Adult Detention Center in Rochester, Minnesota, shows Connor Bowman on October 20, 2023.

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Medical records indicate that he was not diagnosed with gout and had not been prescribed the medication, the complaint states, adding that Connor Bowman had been researching the medication before his wife’s death. Six days before she was hospitalized, he had also converted his wife’s weight to kilograms and multiplied it by 0.8, considering 0.8 mg/kg to be the lethal dose of colchicine, according to the complaint.

According CBS Minnesota, one of Betty Bowman’s friends told investigators that she was “a healthy person,” that her marriage was in danger due to infidelity and other problems, and that divorce was on the horizon. She also claimed that the couple had separate bank accounts because of Connor’s debts, and that Connor told the friend that he was going to collect $500,000 in life insurance, according to the complaint. Authorities found a receipt for a $450,000 bank deposit inside her home.

Connor Bowman was charged Monday with second-degree murder. He was arrested Friday and was still in custody as of Tuesday. His attorney did not immediately respond to requests for comment from The Associated Press.

Mayo Clinic spokeswoman Amanda Dyslin issued a statement Tuesday in which she did not identify Bowman by name but said she was a resident of the hospital.

“We are aware of the recent arrest of a former Mayo Clinic resident on charges unrelated to his responsibilities at Mayo Clinic. The resident’s training at Mayo Clinic ended earlier this month,” the statement said. Dyslin did not say why he ended Connor Bowman’s training at Mayo Clinic.

Betty Bowman was also a pharmacist at Mayo Clinic.

“Internet browsing history: can it be used in court?”

According to the criminal complaint, the Southeastern Minnesota Medical Examiner’s Office alerted police to the “suspicious death” of Betty Bowman on Aug. 21, one day after her death.

She had been admitted to a Rochester hospital on Aug. 16 with “severe gastrointestinal discomfort and dehydration, where her condition rapidly deteriorated,” according to the complaint. Her initial symptoms were similar to those of food poisoning and were treated that way, but they continued to worsen. She experienced heart problems, fluid in her lungs and organ failure.

While Betty Bowman was in the hospital, Connor Bowman suggested she had a rare disease called hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis, or HLH. Hospital tests were inconclusive for HLH, but Connor Bowman told several people that she died from the disease, according to the complaint.

He also told the medical examiner’s office that Betty Bowman’s death was natural and that she “didn’t want to be a corpse,” so the autopsy should be canceled, according to the complaint. She asked an investigator from the medical examiner’s office if the toxicology analysis would be more complete than the analysis done at the hospital.

The night before Betty Bowman went to the hospital, she told a man, identified as SS in the complaint, that she was drinking at home with Connor Bowman. The next morning, she told SS that she was sick, possibly from a drink mixed with a large milkshake.

Connor Bowman was a poison specialist and responded to poison calls, using University of Kansas devices for his work, according to the complaint. A woman at the University of Kansas told investigators that Connor Bowman had been researching colchicine, the drug used to treat gout, although neither he nor any other employees had received any calls about colchicine.

Investigators discovered that Connor Bowman had searched for “internet browsing history: can it be used in court?” and “de-police Amazon data” on August 5. He made calculations that match the lethal dose rate of colchicine on August 10.

He also searched for information about purchasing liquid colchicine five days before Betty became ill and visited a website that “helps make online purchases,” which investigators said “coincident with online activity for purchasing colchicine,” the agency reported. season.

The Minnesota Department of Health found colchicine in Betty Bowman’s blood and urine samples that were taken at the hospital, and the medical examiner determined the cause of death was the toxic effects of colchicine, the complaint says.

According to Betty Bowman obituaryshe married Connor Bowman on May 30, 2021.

“The couple lived in Rochester, Minnesota, where Betty worked as a diligent and capable hospital pharmacist while Connor completed his residency in Internal Medicine,” the obituary says. “His kindness and intelligence were noticed and valued by friends and strangers alike.”

Connor Bowman is scheduled to appear in court on November 1.

This is at least the third time someone has allegedly killed their spouse with poison in recent months. Colorado dentist accused of killing wife mixing their protein shakes with poisonand a Utah woman who wrote a children’s book about coping with grief after her husband’s death has been accused of his fatal poisoning.

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