An Arkansas man forced his ex-girlfriend watch him kill her mother and teenage daughter. Before that, he allegedly shot a police lieutenant to death.
Arkansas State Police claim that 42-year-old James Bowden shot 46-year-old Yell County Deputy Lieutenant Kevin Mainhart during a traffic stop Thursday morning in Dardanelle. According to PEOPLE, Mainhart was responding to a domestic disturbance call and he noticed that Bowden’s vehicle could be associated with the alleged dispute. Mainhart was fatally shot soon after getting out of his patrol car.
Police arrived at the Haley McHam’s home, Bowden’s ex-girlfriend. McHam shared the home with her mother and daughter. According to the report, police found the bodies of 61-year-old Rita Miller and 17-year-old Ciara Miller. Bowden was allegedly holding McHam hostage.
A standoff with officers ensued for five hours. McHam was able to flee after Bowden allegedly took pain pills and entered the attached garage in search of food.
“He took my baby,” McHam told TVH 11. “He took my mommy. … He shot my mother four times and then my daughter once in the chest and he came in and told me it was my fault.”
According to PEOPLE, she had broken up with Bowden which enraged him.
She told TVH 11 that at times during the standoff, she thought she would be killed by her ex.
“I told him anything I could. I told him everything he wanted to hear, I told him I loved him and would come and see him. I told him anything that might work.”
Bowden is being charged with three counts of capital murder.
[Fifteenth Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney’s Office]