Death sentence for man convicted of ’77 murder in St. Louis County

Gregory Bowman was sentenced to death today for the 1977 murder of Velda Joy Rumfelt in St. Louis County. According to a story at, Bowman served time for separate murders in Belleville in 1978 but won retrials, which are pending. It was after he was released on bond in 2007 in those cases that authorities matched his DNA with that taken from the clothing of Rumfelt who disappeared from the Brentwood area during a visit to family on June 5, 1977. The case will be appealed to the Missouri Supreme Court.