Man will serve life in prison for brutal stabbing murder

Ira Donnell Bowser. Image source: Harrison County Sheriff's Department.
Ira Donnell Bowser. Image source: Harrison County Sheriff's Department.

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - A Pass Christian man will spend the rest of his life in prison after he was found guilty of murder by a Harrison County jury late Wednesday evening. District Attorney Joel Smith said it took only one hour of deliberation for the jury to find 35-year-old Ira Donnell Bowser guilty of stabbing 33-year-old Shabree Page to death back in 2012.

Smith said testimony during the two day trial revealed the brutal murder took place inside Page's Pass Christian home on June 9, 2012. Officials said a local hotel clerk testified that Bowser came into the hotel hours after Page's body had been found and told the clerk to call police because he had murdered someone.

Members of the Pass Christian Police Department and Gulfport Crime Scene Unit testified that they were able to gather enough evidence to charge Bowser with the murder.

Dr. Paul McGarry testified that Page had been stabbed 29 times in the abdomen, arms, chest, back of the neck and face, including one cut that slashed her carotid artery.

Smith said the defense argued that the slaying was manslaughter because the stabbing happened during a fight, and Bowser did not intent for Page to die. Assistant District Attorney Crosby Parker insisted that there could be no other verdict for the vicious killing than murder.

"This was a senseless murder of a mother in her own home that arose out of domestic violence. I am extremely proud of the citizens in the Pass Christian and Gulfport communities who came forward to testify as witnesses to this crime. They did their part to ensure justice was served for Ms. Page's family," said Smith.

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