Man charged in death of Livonia police officer

NOVI. (AP) -- A 48-year-old man arrested following a shootout that killed his brother and an undercover Detroit-area police officer in the back yard of a suburban home was charged with murder last Thursday in the officer's death.

Terry N. Bowling was ordered jailed without bond following his arraignment in court in Novi on charges of felony murder, home invasion and resisting and obstructing an officer. He stood mute to the charges, and a judge entered not guilty pleas on his behalf.

Bowling, of Detroit, requested a court-appointed lawyer, but one had not been named as of last Thursday afternoon. He faces life in prison without parole if convicted of the murder charge. A pre-exam conference is Wednesday.

David Bowling, 44, was fatally shot by police last Monday after a break-in in Walled Lake. Livonia Officer Larry Nehasil was killed trying to stop the brothers, and authorities have said they believe David Bowling shot Nehasil using a gun stolen from the house after Terry Bowling was cornered by police.

"If you aid and abet in a felony you can also be held accountable for the underlying murder," Oakland County Assistant Prosecutor Paul Walton.

Separately, Terry Bowling's ex-wife, Lisa Dunn, was charged in federal court Thursday with illegally possessing a handgun that was stolen during a break-in that authorities said involved the Bowling brothers last weekend in St. Clair Shores.

Dunn was the getaway driver during the robbery and later sold the .38-caliber gun for $40 and crack cocaine, agent Brian Beardsley said in an affidavit.

Dunn, 37, asked for a court-appointed lawyer and was returned to jail at the request of Assistant U.S. Attorney Susan Gillooly. Three other men were charged in connection with the gun deal.

Nehasil was the first Livonia officer shot to death in the line of duty. His funeral was last Friday.

Published: Mon, Jan 24, 2011