Nobody would murder their wife on the family farm, stick her in a septic tank and then later give friends free access to roam the land and police to search it, according to the defense argument for Douglas J. Howery.
An Audrain County jury didn’t believe that and on Thursday, Nov. 29 found Howery, 60, of Springfield, guilty of first degree murder in the 1992 slaying of Betty Ann Howery on their Annada farm. The jury deliberated for just over five hours.
Howery now faces sentencing on Monday, Feb. 4, but Audrain County Judge Keith Sutherland is bound by law to sentence him to life without parole, according to 45th Judicial District (public) Defender Tom Crocco.
See the front page of this week’s Bowling Green Times for the full story.