Guilty plea in murder of man at light-rail platform

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Anthony Bowker pleaded guilty to stabbing a St. Paul man to death at the Lake and Hiawatha light-rail station, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Tuesday.

Bowker, 26, is expected to receive 25 years in prison when he is sentenced Nov. 9 in the second-degree murder of 58-year-old Gerald Davis last December. Bowker admitted that he intended to kill Davis when he stabbed Davis in the neck and the chest.

“This resolution and lengthy sentence brings a measure of justice and finality to all involved, including the community,” Freeman said.
 
Under questioning from his defense attorney, Bowker said that he was committed to the Hennepin County Medical Center in 2008 because he was mentally ill and he continues to be treated for the illness. Further, he acknowledged that when he approached several of his family members on the street near the station on Dec. 6, he was under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

At about 1:30 p.m. that day, one of his family members told Bowker that a man had threatened the family member, Bowker admitted in court. That upset him and since he was carrying a knife he decided to go after Davis, Bowker acknowledged.

Video of the incident showed that Davis walked by Bowker’s family and words were exchanged. But Davis walked away and went up to the second level platform and was waiting for the train. About 15 minutes later, Bowker joined his family, then sprinted into the station. Two of his companions pointed at Davis because Bowker had never seen him and Bowker attempted to stab him but missed as Davis started to run. Bowker eventually caught Davis and repeatedly stabbed him. Once Davis collapsed, Bowker kicked him in the head, according to the criminal complaint.

Bowker was scheduled to go on trial in the case Oct. 19.

Criminal Complaint