Dad with dementia charged with Maplewood, Minn. murder

- A 90-year-old Maplewood, Minn. man who reportedly suffers from dementia has been charged with second-degree murder in the Sept. 12 shooting death of his live-in son. Kenneth Bowser called police at 7:41 p.m. Saturday night and told the dispatcher he had shot and killed his son, Larry Bowser.

After meeting officers at the front door, Bowser sat in his wheelchair as investigators processed the crime scene. According to the criminal complaint, as officers sat with Bowser, he made the following spontaneous utterances:

“He’s been planning for this all week.”
“He want to call me a bunch of named all week.”
“He stole this car, stole my driver’s license, the original and the duplicate.”
“If it hadn’t been me it would have been him, it would be me or him.”
“I’m 91 years old and had to put up with his s---.”
“He kill his girlfriend, he kill her, stole her money.”
“That kid I shot tonight, he worked at the car wash. He couldn’t even do that.”

In an interview with police, Bowser said he heard a TV news report about a son murdering his father by setting him on fire, and that he was concerned the same thing would happen to him. Bowser claimed his son had been calling him names and complaining about taking care of him.

"He's been ill for quite a few months, in and out of transitional care," neighbor Eric Schmitz said.

According to the charges, Bowser was watching TV in the bedroom when Larry came in and asked him to come to the living room to watch football together. Kenneth Bowser said he wanted to stay in the bedroom, and his son allegedly removed the cables from the bedroom TV. Bowser said he wanted to scare his son, so he fired a round in his direction.

Kenneth Bowser told police his only medical issues are old age and high blood pressure, but neighbors said he suffered from dementia, which had been getting worse. Bowser has no prior criminal history.

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