Barry Blake Bowles, the man charged with first-degree murder in the Friday-night stabbing death of his wife, told police that he found her in bed with another man, but she was the one who pulled a knife, according to a police affidavit requesting a search warrant.
Bowles, 47, told police he took the knife away from her and didn’t remember what came next, but that he had killed his wife, Rachel Bowles, according to the document. She was also 47, said her mother, Evelyn Watkins.
Authorities responded to the Bowles’ home, an apartment at 1508 Sixth St. SE, just after 8:30 Friday night. When they got there, a witness told police Barry Bowles had already left, according to the document. They tried to contact the wife, but got no response, according to the affidavit. One of the officers “believed that he heard a noise inside the residence,” according to the document.
When police went inside, they found Rachel Bowles lying on the floor in a shirt “soaked” in blood, and emergency workers pronounced her dead, according to the document.
Soon after, Barry Bowles surrendered to police on Hartman’s Mill Road, wearing a shirt covered in what appeared to be blood, according to the sworn statement. The borrowed 1994 Mazda truck he had driven from the scene was nearby, the inside also stained with what police think is blood, according to the affidavit.
Charlottesville police have requested warrants for the Bowles’ home, Barry Bowles’ person and the truck he borrowed.
Also Tuesday, a judge in Charlottesville Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court appointed Michael Hallahan to represent Bowles.
Hallahan said he wanted to talk to Bowles first before asking for bond. Claude Worrell, deputy commonwealth's attorney, said he would ask for Bowles to be held without bond, which the judge granted.
Bowles is next expected in court Dec. 3.
His family declined to comment after the hearing.
Tuesday evening, Rachel Bowles’ mother, Watkins, described her as a friendly, helpful person who will be missed by her family.
She worked at Carriage Cleaners and loved to fish, particularly when she caught bass, her mother said.
“She would do everything she could to help people,” Watkins aid. “She was just a wonderful person. She was loved by so many people.”
Daily Progress staff writer Tasha Kates contributed to this report.