Guilty plea in death of mortician's wife

February 28, 2008 12:39:42 PM PST
Rose Vincent, 28, pleaded guilty this morning in a Nash County courtroom in connection with the murder of 45-year- old Julie Bowling. Bowling was shot to death in the summer of 2006.

Prosecutors say Mark Bowling, a Rocky Mount funeral home director, plotted to kill his wife and Rose Vincent pulled the trigger.

Vincent, who prosecutors say was romantically involved with Mark Bowling, confessed to the killing after authorities found Bowling's body in the garage of her home.

In court today, Vincent apologized to Bowling's family. Vincent pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder.

Vincent will be sentenced to 28-34 years in prison on the two charges. Vincent also agreed to testify against Mark Bowling in his upcoming trial.

Vincent will be held in "safe keeping" until the trial. Under the plea deal, Vincent avoids the death penalty she would've faced with a 1st degree murder charge.


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