LAWTON, Okla._A Lawton man convicted of murder in 1976 returned to the Comanche County District Court Wednesday in an attempt to get his sentence changed.
Roy Bowman has filed a series of appeals over his sentencing through the years, which was originally ten years to life. His most recent appeal was ruled on in 1991 in Comanche County where former Judge Jack Brock affirmed that sentence.
Bowman's appeal Wednesday was partially based on his contention that he was not present for that decision. However, after listening to arguments from Bowman's attorney, Judge Emmitt Tayloe said he could not find a legal reason to change the previous ruling, and allowed the sentence to stand. Bowman expressed his disappointment after the hearing.
"The only thing I was asking for is to be treated fair. That’s all," Bowman said.
Bowman was convicted in the beating death of a man at the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. Court records showed Bowman and the victim, Michael Perkins, had gotten into a fight in Lawton over the contention that Perkins was a narcotics informant. Bowman forced Perkins into a car and took him to the refuge, where he beat Perkins to death with a tire iron.