Guilty as charged: Demario Thomas found guilty of murder in knife attack
Prosecutors say Gregory Scott Bowers was stabbed more than 50 times. (Source: Caddo Parish District Attorney's Office)
Demario Thomas (Source: Shreveport Police Department)
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -
A local man accused in the stabbing death of a man at a Shreveport motel four years ago has been found guilty in a Caddo Parish courtroom Thursday night.
A jury found Demario Thomas guilty of second-degree murder in the brutal knife attack that killed 44-year-old Gregory Scott Bowers back in July of 2010.
His body was discovered by workers in what a detective described on the stand Thursday as a very bloody hotel room at the Plantation Inn. That hotel is near Greenwood Road at Monkhouse Drive.
Jurors also heard on Thursday from Damario Thomas, in the form of a statement recorded by Shreveport Detective Rod Johnson following the discovery of Bowers' body. In that recorded statement, Thomas can be heard telling the investigators that he and some others planned to rob Bowers.
A forensic pathologist testified that Bowers had been stabbed 52 times.
Bowers did not have many family members in the area, but the trial for his accused murderer is being watched closely by those who say they loved him dearly. That includes his former employers, a family with several local businesses. The family has been coming to the trial every day to show their support for a man they say was not only a trusted employee, but a close personal friend.
"He's very special to me. And it's important for people to know that this was not just a drug crime, no drugs were involved. These people just apparently robbed him and killed him," said Sarah Yates.
Prosecutors sought to place Thomas in the room where Bowers was killed through blood and DNA evidence. Thomas' sentencing will be August 11.