Suspect arrested in 1997 homicide

Published 10:28 pm Thursday, December 1, 2011

U.S. Marshals on Thursday arrested a suspect in a 14-year-old Suffolk homicide case.

Lonnie Lee Bowers Jr., 42, was arrested in the Washington, D.C., area on charges of first-degree murder, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, and shoot, stab, cut or wound.


Police say Bowers fatally shot Carl Shawn Turner, 21, at a party in the 100 block of Halifax Street on Sept. 28, 1997.

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“After a lengthy investigation, the case went cold,” city spokeswoman Debbie George said in a press release announcing the arrest. “Members of the police department’s Cold Case Squad were able to develop new leads and identified a suspect in the case.”

A grand jury indicted Bowers in 2009, exactly 12 years after the killing. He has been on the Suffolk Police Department most wanted list ever since and was featured by numerous media, including the America’s Most Wanted website.

The U.S. Marshals arrested Bowers based on a tip, George said.

“Sgt. Gary Myrick is the lead investigator assigned to this case and has worked for a number of years to bring this case to a successful conclusion,” George said.

The U.S. Marshals arrested nearly 82,000 state and local fugitives in fiscal year 2010.