Dow pleads guilty to murdering girlfriend

Friday, November 08, 2019

Joshua Dow pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of his girlfriend, who disappeared four years ago and whose body was never found, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Friday.

Dow will be sentenced on Dec. 4 and as part of the negotiation, will receive 20 years in prison in the death of Adelle Jensen. In his admissions in court Thursday, Dow said that his actions with his gun, which he claimed Jensen was holding, caused her death.

“This is a very good outcome for Ms. Jensen’s family and for justice in general,” Freeman said. “As we said from the beginning, it was a difficult case because we did not have Ms. Jensen’s body. But Mr. Dow realized that the unremitting investigation by Minneapolis police had put together an excellent circumstantial case which we could use to successfully convince a jury of his guilt. He did the right thing by pleading guilty.”

In 2016, Dow was convicted of interference with a dead body, a gross misdemeanor, and first-degree drug sale, and the sentence ran concurrently. He still is serving that sentence, which will expire in three months.

What is now clear is that Jensen was shot around 5 a.m. Nov. 18, 2015 in Dow’s home in north Minneapolis. The couple had a daughter, but at the time they were separated, although they still did things together. Dow, his brother and Jensen, were in downtown Minneapolis together that morning but she left them sometime around 2:30 a.m.

Dow took Jensen’s body to a warehouse where he had worked and stuffed it into a locker. Because he lied to police and to Jensen’s parents about seeing her alive, he had several days to dismember the body and hide the remains. He and his brother also chopped up the couch, which had Jensen’s blood on it, and dumped it in various locations.

He also forced his brother to help him move the body to the warehouse, get rid of the couch and paint the living room walls.