MARION, Ind. (WANE) — An arrest has been made in a killing that took place 20 years ago in Grant County.
The Grant County Prosecutor’s Office said Tuesday it filed murder charges against Darwish Bowlds related to the Dec. 28, 2001, death of Jessie “Pete” Flowers.
“Today is a day that will start the journey to bring this case to a resolution so that the family of Jesse “Pete” Flowers can get justice for their family member, some peace, and closure,” said Prosecutor-elect Rodney Faulk.
Bowlds, who now has a Tulsa, Oklahoma, address, was arrested on a warrant by Tulsa Police on Dec. 1, the prosecutor’s office said. Bowlds will be moved back to Indiana to face charges.
20-years ago, police did question Bowlds after his name was tied to the killing by witnesses. Police requested a DNA sample from Bowlds but the suspect declined and told police “they needed a warrant for that and he had nothing else to say.
The night of the incident, Marion Police responded to a vehicle crash in the 100 Block of West 15th Street. A homeowner called police because someone crashed into his 1976 Red Cutlass. The resident knew the victim and was able to identify him as Flowers.
When arriving on the scene, officers saw a black man sitting in the driver’s seat, slumped over from a gunshot wound. The man, who was identified as Flowers, appeared to be dead, with a $10 bill lying across his chest.
People in the area at the time of the crash told police they heard multiple gun shots fired. One witness said he saw Bowlds running from the scene that night and was able to identify him out of a photo array. The witness also mentioned that while Bowlds was running the baseball hat he was wearing fell off. The hat was one of the first pieces of evidence that helped police locate the crime scene.
In 2004, another witness provided a recorded statement to police stating that Bowlds admitted to shooting and killing Flowers. According to the witness, Flowers was trying to buy cocaine from Bowlds. During the transaction, the witness said Bowlds claimed Flowers was trying to drive off while the suspect’s head was still in the car and Bowlds had no other choice but to shoot him.
In 2005, Bowlds had two active warrants that weren’t tied to Flower’s death. He was arrested during a traffic stop and the court issued for Bowlds to give a blood sample. Five months after the blood sample was drawn, police was able to match his dna to the baseball hat that was left on the scene the night Flowers died.
It’s unclear why it took a long period of time for an arrest to be made after the DNA match. WANE 15’s Briana Brownlee reached out to the prosecutor’s office Tuesday, but they weren’t available to comment.
Flowers’ death was ruled a homicide from a gunshot wound in the back.
Bowlds faces charges of murder and murder when killing occurred while dealing in cocaine or narcotic drug.