A Michigan man allegedly shot and killed his estranged wife in a driveway after shooting her male friend in the neck.
According to MLive, Ralph Bowling shot his estranged wife Cheyenne Bowling to death in the driveway of her mother’s Hastings home early Sunday morning, where she had been staying. Before chasing his wife out of the house and fatally shooting her, Bowling reportedly shot her friend, Nathan Farrell.
Bowling’s mother and stepfather were not at home at the time.
Cheyenne, 26, and Ralph Bowling, 40, have a three-year-old son together, and Ralph has a five-year-old daughter from another relationship.
After he allegedly killed his wife, Bowling reportedly went to his own home and set it on fire.
He turned himself in to police eight hours later.
The suspect appeared in court on Monday for his arraignment, when he was charged with open murder, attempted murder, first-degree home invasion and second-degree arson.
The motive for the apparent homicide is not yet known, though a county prosecutor reportedly said in court that Bowling frequently drove past the home where Cheyenne was staying and had set up an unspecified form of surveillance.
Cheyenne’s father Dan Fighter attended the arraignment, and told MLive that Bowling had been controlling of his daughter and kept her away from family.
“Anybody that would chase down an unarmed female, a mother, with a shotgun, in the dark, and kill her … he’s not remorseful,” Fighter reportedly said outside of the courthouse.
In an earlier hearing in family court, Bowling reportedly asked to contact his children, and was denied.
The prosecutor said that the children were having a “very, very difficult time. The little boy just lost his mother.”
Bowling remains in custody on $1 million bond.
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