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Thursday, January 3, 2008

BENTON, Mo. -- A Scott County grand jury this morning indicted a Scott City man for murder in an incident that happened over three months ago.

According to the indictment sent to the Southeast Missourian, 18-year-old Marcus Bowers of Scott City is being charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of Stanley Frank Hagan. The incident occurred Sept. 23, according to the indictment. Hagan allegedly was killed when Bowers hit Hagan's head on a trailer tie-down stake, according to the indictment. No more details were given about the crime in the indictment.

Bowers was already in the Scott County Jail on charges of child molestation.

Scott City Police Chief Don Cobb said the death was originally ruled accidental, but after more thorough review a murder investigation was started.

Cobb said the investigation was kept from the public to preserve the secrecy needed to protect witnesses and prevent Bowers from knowing the investigation was in progress while police gathered evidence against him.

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This is a bunch of crap! I have known Marcus my whole life and i know, he has had his share of trouble but MURDER? I know he wouldnt do that, and if he did it shouldnt be 1st degree because that means he had prior arrangements to kill him, it should be involantary manslaughter at tops, i seen people stab 6 people killing 1 and get 7 years but an 18 year old boy, messes up real bad 1 time and is going to do the rest of his life in prison, sounds kinda messed up, Marcus Im here for you, I love you!

-- Posted by Melanie_Jackson on Thu, Jan 3, 2008, at 2:15 PM

Anyone who molests a child is capable of anything.

-- Posted by ink_pen on Thu, Jan 3, 2008, at 2:36 PM

I don't know Marcus, but I do know Don Cobb and I have full faith in his judgement and abilities. The eventual outcome will now be up to the court process for a full examination of the facts and Marcus' culpability. No matter how well we may think we know someone, we never truly know what they are capable of.

-- Posted by Red_Rhino on Thu, Jan 3, 2008, at 3:33 PM


Until you know what you are talking about keep your mouth shut. He was charged with molesting when it was nothing more than a young girl that slept with everyone in town telling lies. I do know her and have nothing against her, but, everybody in town had warned her mom about her behavior and she did nothing. And as far as murder, what a joke. There were a lot of people there and more were involved but they all lie and put the blame on marcus. Initially it was ruled an accident and only after months of police hounding and threatening the others did the stories change and it became murder. Well i think if marcus had the money he would beat all charges. Plus everyone involved should be charged not just the poorest kid. this is just typical they make an example out of him after police get through with everyone. And yes I do personally know everyone involved and knew about this as soon as it happened so for everyone that will say i don't know what i am talking about you are wrong. I am very close to marcus as well as the others. And as far as Don Cobb I do know him and respect him but if you look at the indictment you will see he was not the only investigating officer. Enough said.

-- Posted by scottcitylady on Thu, Jan 3, 2008, at 4:01 PM

to me this seems to be an injustice this was origanaly ruled accident untill the Scott City cops hounded ppl for there false info. i think this should be keeped accidental. not to mention that other citizens of this sad city feel the same way as mrs. mom and melanie. TO ALL WHO READ THIS YOU NEEDTO GET ALL FACTS LIKE HE WAS A GOOD KID. he had just straitend up and was before gettin arrested makin A'S IN SCHOOL. plus he just recived a honnor from the scott city vfw at school. you tell me if that sounds like a murderer or like someone that would mean to kill anyone.most people at the school who know him can testify on character and alot of people in the town can also. ink pen u most likely do not know him or been around him. his character is not a killer but aa good friend.

the molesting comment is not true to me

the girl was a nasty person who slept with everone so u know the sayin u can rape the willing

lastly this boy,kid or young adut has very few people who care so the fine citizens of Scoot City should help him all they can

i support u

four ace

-- Posted by scstudent on Thu, Jan 3, 2008, at 4:29 PM

Everyone is talking about getting the facts straight.....well lets get them straight!! As a convicted felon I know the system pretty well and i'm a prime example that i't does work if you let it.This young kid is gonna get scared into taking a plea bargain that will effect the rest of his life. All he has to do is let the very own words of the Scott City Police Dept. set him free. In order for any murder to be first degree it has to be pre-metitated. This young kid did not go to anyones house with the intent of murder!!!You doubt me but look at the murder weapon....A trailer tie down that is stuck at least 3 feet in the ground!!!Was the intent really murder???I think not and if the Scott City Police had any brains they would agree!! Marcus Bowers was a troubled teen who was trying to turn his life around but as soon as these cops around here catch you doing something wrong one time they wont leave you alone and are constantly harrassing you. I'm a convicted drug felon that has been clean for 3 years. I haven't been in any trouble for over 2 years but every time the Sott City Cops see me they want to know where i've been , where i'm going , and why!!! What business is it of theirs?? The morale of this story is Marcus dosn't need to be scared into taking a plea bargain that is gonna screw up the rest of his life!! He needs to take his case all the way to trial and find all the mistakes the Scott City Police put in his indictment and all the statements I'll bet money there alot of statements that contradict each other. Every one knows that it started out as a scuffle and unfortunatly someone fell and hit their head on a trailer tie-down. is this murder ??? NO the proper charge if any would be involuntary manslaughter.Keep Your Head UP And Stay Possitive Marcus We Are All Thinking About You

-- Posted by convicted-felon on Thu, Jan 3, 2008, at 5:27 PM

I live in Scott City also, and if this kid is so great, he would not be charged with crimes like CHILD MOLESTATION AND MURDER. 2 of the worst crimes that you could possibly commit. It sounds like some people who are posting here, may have a grudge againist the police for some reason? If you do that is fine, but dont think that this boy is innocent just because you dont like the police dept. There are alot of people in this town that do like and respect them, so lets wait and see what happens in court before you say he is innocent. He may be, but let a jury of 12 decide that, ok.

-- Posted by ScCitizen on Thu, Jan 3, 2008, at 6:54 PM

I agree with ScCitizen. It is unlikely that one person be wrongly accused of two separate crimes. The murder may not prove to be pre-meditated but I also happen to know that there have been violent threats made by this "so called innocent" young man to others. He also may not be believed to be a child molester because of the young girl's supposed "reputation". But you tell me, is taking advantage of a 14 year old young girl as an 18 year old man right? Law or no law, I don't think so. This young man may have some redeeming qualities but is a long way from showing them.

-- Posted by Smithers on Thu, Jan 3, 2008, at 9:07 PM

To everyone that says just because he is charged he is more or less guilty. You are contradicting the person you agree with. Let a jury decide. And for your information I have no grudge against the police Dept. and I do not even have as much as a traffic ticket on my record, so i bet my record is cleaner than yours probably. If you did not or do not know marcus then how can you say he was troubled? And I bet if he came from a wealthy family he would never have been charged. His parents cant buy him out of his problems like the rich kids parents can. People are saying he cant be innocent because of the 2 charges but if it was there child they would not want his case tried on this blog. You say dont call him innocent so for you all dont call him guilty either. According to a couple of people hes already been tried and convicted in public opinion.

-- Posted by scstudent on Thu, Jan 3, 2008, at 9:33 PM

for all of you who claim to care about youth of this city when we do take a collect for him a lawyer will u plz give what u can and thoese who cant donate plz keep him on ur prayer list at chruch ur home and anwha=ere else

-- Posted by scstudent on Thu, Jan 3, 2008, at 9:37 PM

I know Marcus very very very well. All of you people who do not know him or were not there need to keep your nose out of it. Marcus would never murder someone. Also the girl he supposedly took advantage of is nothing more than a mad mother and ex-girlfriend. Those two dated for almost a year before all of this happened and her parents were very aware of how old he was and knew they were dating. Now all of a sudden because he didn't want to date her anymore he "molested" her. Whatever! She is pregnant and doesn't even want the baby. What a horrible person. I know they were both willing. Nobody wants to mention the fact that when the two of them first started dating he was also a minor. Oh but I guess that doesn't matter does it. I am so tired of everyone thinking that Marcus is so horrible, a child molester and a murderer he IS NOT!

-- Posted by glsbowers on Thu, Jan 3, 2008, at 10:25 PM

Also anyone who is willing to help us, please do so. Just call Marcus's house and I will be here to talk to. I will be home tomorrow evening and we are all behind Marcus and could use all the support we can get. Thank you all who support him and please keep him in your prayers. He doesn't deserve any of this.

-- Posted by glsbowers on Thu, Jan 3, 2008, at 10:33 PM

way to go bowers. I also stand behind marcus 100%. I have known him since he was about 5 years old. I spoke to his dad and brother tonight to let them know that i also will be trying to help. So for all of the people that really care please step forward and help us help marcus.

-- Posted by scstudent on Thu, Jan 3, 2008, at 11:23 PM

Thanks four ace. I am Marcus's stepmom. So if you would like to talk to me just give me a call here at Marcus and Brandon's house. I sure do help we can all help him pull through this. He is no murderer or molester. I love him very much and wish he was here at home.

-- Posted by glsbowers on Thu, Jan 3, 2008, at 11:39 PM

i've also known marcus for a long time. he has had many problems but was always a nice polite teenager who was trying to do right. he father is a good man and always tried to help him. it's sad that once a person gets a reputation when he is young, its hard to get out of that stereotype even when you've turned your life around or are trying. i pray that marcus is innocent. he only knows whether he is innocent or guilty as the rest of us writing this blog were not there.he did have a spiritual life with GOD and i hope he turns to HIM for guidance

-- Posted by noteasybeingme on Fri, Jan 4, 2008, at 3:13 PM

I think it's inappropriate in this forum to either criticize the character of the accused---a person is only accused until proven guilty by a court of law.

This is not a court of law and character attacks are completely out of line.

Secondly--whether or not the girl was consenting or was the town bicycle or not...Her character should not be a topic of discussion in this forum. She is not on trial and the past case has already been heard and closed.

You should remember that you are to be respectful of others--whether you like them or not--in this forum.

To write untrue statements (even if they are your opinion) about actual people can be treated as libel/slander...

That was a comment to people who don't know people involved and people who do know people involved.

You aren't helping this young man's case any by getting on here and running people down in a public forum.

As a side note--I am not involved with these people at all on either side of the debate--I grew up in Scott City but I am older than these kids and do not know them.

-- Posted by SuperBethie21 on Fri, Jan 4, 2008, at 3:38 PM

his own sister said she is srry for him and this shouldnt of happened

she must realize he is innocent

-- Posted by scstudent on Fri, Jan 4, 2008, at 4:16 PM

to ScCitizen

you said....."so lets wait and see what happens in court before you say he is innocent. He may be, but let a jury of 12 decide that, ok."

-um i think you have this backwards im pretty sure its innocent untill proven guily so he is innocent untill the 12 people say hes not

and i agree with convicted-felon i myself am not a felon as a matter of fact i am on the other side of the law...i am a criminology major and this is a joke 1st degree like convicted-felon said if he does a plea bargon they might win but if he takes it all the way scpd will show their stupidity....but before all go sayin he did it remember innocent untill proven guilty

-- Posted by jorazz on Fri, Jan 4, 2008, at 5:00 PM

for all of you who claim to care about youth of this city when we do take a collect for him a lawyer will u plz give what u can and thoese who cant donate plz keep him on ur prayer list at chruch ur home and anwha=ere else

-- Posted by four ace on Thu, Jan 3, 2008, at 9:37 PM


-- Posted by lil_shorty89 on Fri, Jan 4, 2008, at 5:22 PM

I'd like to take this time to once again remind posters that they are to be respectful of others and stay on topic.

Attacking other posters and making inappropriate remarks has gotten prior posters banned and can and will do so for you.

-- Posted by SuperBethie21 on Fri, Jan 4, 2008, at 5:37 PM

Here we go again!!! Everyone making assumptions about this case and comparing it to the jackson case is not looking at the whole picture and the evidence that has already been provided. The Jacksson boy went to the car wash WITH a GUN and intended to kill his victim. Marcus on the other hand went to a party and apparentlly was drinking, which motivated this scuffle. Did he really commit pre-metitated murder? Give me a break!!!How many times have all you been drunk and let your mouth over load your ***? Noone is perfect including yourself so before you pass judgement on anyone just remember THAT THIS MAN IS INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY!! You guys have already Tried and convicted this man just because of his prior record! When the whole story comes out we all may be surprised!! Remember when Chad Chaney was stabbed to death at a party in Scott City? Did his killer get this much media coverage? NO,and his charge was dropped to Voluntary Manslaughter and he only got a 7 year sentence. As a matter of fact he gets out in a couple months just remember that this kid brought his knife to the party and not only killed Chad Chaney but stabbed a total of 4 people with the intent of killing them all. So you tell me how our Judicial system works? Its very sad for all involved with this accident! As far as this trailer tie down that has made so much media coverage and is the supposed murder weapon, why is it still in the same location? Is it there for some young kid to trip on or fall upon and accidentally get hurt or killed? Why don't the land lord of that nasty trailer court do something about it beings it is located at the bottom of the steps? Also keep in mind that this supposed

victim died 5 days after this incident so did he die because of the blow to the head or misjudgements or malpractice of our fine hospitals? If it were me i think i'd get to the bottom of the story and truly find out want happened. It just makes me wonder why he lived so long after the fall. I know this only my opinion but i bet it makes you think of things a little diffrently. Add your opinion, i'd like to hear it!

-- Posted by convicted-felon on Fri, Jan 4, 2008, at 1:01 PM

-- Posted by convicted-felon on Fri, Jan 4, 2008, at 6:00 PM

To Stan's stepdaughter: There is no need for you to be so rude. You do not know all of the facts and Marcus is innocent until proven guilty. There is no way he intentionally murdered your father. You need to be a little more respectful of the situation.

Signed Marcus's Mom

-- Posted by glsbowers on Fri, Jan 4, 2008, at 7:55 PM

the girl was a nasty person who slept with everone so u know the sayin u can rape the willing

lastly this boy,kid or young adut has very few people who care so the fine citizens of Scoot City should help him all they can

i support u

four ace

-- Posted by four ace on Thu, Jan 3, 2008, at 4:29 PM

You have got to be kidding me right? The girl is 14 years old I tell you what you people are something else. I will give a little advice. None of this will help him in court. The city waited untill they had enough evidence to prosicute. I Bet it will go through with a conviction on the Murder as well as Child Molestation.

As far as Convicted Felon you are what you stated you are. Cant Vote , Cant serve on a Jury. Your Words mean nothing.

-- Posted by U2FUNNY on Sat, Jan 5, 2008, at 12:30 AM

As I've said before who cares if the girl was 14. Marcus was underage when they started dating also. No one seems to care about that though. You people do not know the facts of either case he is charged with. He was dating that girl for over a year before they broke up. Her parents knew they were dating. Everyone that knows them knew they were dating. I do know what happened in both charges and Marcus is innocent.

-- Posted by glsbowers on Sat, Jan 5, 2008, at 9:55 AM

****U2FUNNY**** Thats exactly what you are and apparently you aren't up on your laws either.Which is why your opinion of me means nothing!As a matter of fact ALL convicted felons recently received their right to vote. You see our fine state TOOK something of ours that was our legal right, When taken to the supreme court they agreed and reinstated our right to vote.You are right I cant set on a jury and let me be honest i'm glad that i wont ever be in that situation!!

Take this case for example: I know all the parties that were involved and I do know for a fact that Marcus wasnt the only person being investigated for the murder of Stan Hagen.I wasn't there and i cant tell you exactly what happened.All I can do is explain the character of Marcus Bowers.And that is only my opinion.I'm not on here to brag about my past but to give an opinion of a convicted felon that has been in his situation.Trust me i am no longer living the life style that i once was and i am now a productive citizen living right here in Scott City.

-- Posted by convicted-felon on Sat, Jan 5, 2008, at 10:11 AM

First let me just say that i know marcus very very well i dated him for a long time. i was dating him when all of this went on in september. he is not the kind of person who would do that. or the child molestation thing. he might of slept with her but he didnt molest her!.. she was willing how long had they been dating and her parents knew about it!.. she was mad because marcus moved on with his life and she didnt have ne one so she figured that she would turn him in and get him in trouble so she didnt have to see him happy. Marcus is a very good person. most people dont see it but he really is if u get the chance to know him. he had goals such as finishing high school for his dad. he talked about it to me all the time. he also wanted to go to school to me a massage therapist and maybe one day open a buisness. he made up his own raps about his life and his surroundings.. about his cousin. It really hurts me that everyone is dissing him like that. because hes not like this.

-- Posted by brookegabbard on Sat, Jan 5, 2008, at 5:20 PM


I'm a little beyond the generation that uses that term but I take it as something negative. As I read this and the other blogs I see more of the family and friends "dissing" the victim (both murdered and molested), police and everybody else concerned than anyone "dissing" Marcus Bowers.

Also I don't think I've ever met a family that thinks their little darling could have done something wrong. Happens all the time.

Also it doesn't matter if both were underage when they "started dating" once he is 18 a new set of rules apply and they don't allow for 14 year olds.

-- Posted by leviwarfield on Sun, Jan 6, 2008, at 9:40 AM

All im going to say is that i know Marcus, very well and he and my son were friends,Every one can say what ever they want, but the fact still remains why was marcus out drinking and smokin pot? maybe his parents can answer that? He is a very smart boy, this is a matter of teens gone nuts with drugs and drinking. So in fact this would not have happened if some one would have put a stop to the drinking and druging. So it will be all up to the justice system now and it is done and over he will do some kind of time for this, we all now that to be true.

And another thing, if he did not do this then tell me why was he running around all over the place saying that he put a guy in a coma? I told him when i heard about it that he needed to stop that crap before the guy died, or it would only get worse for him, and guess what he died and now it has gotten worse for marcus, the police had already ruled it an accident, put due to poeple telling the police what they were hearing him say about it may have been what caused the sudden change to the murder case.

-- Posted by robert_mahler2002@yahoo.com on Fri, Jan 18, 2008, at 10:55 PM


you do not know what you are talking about, it would have been called pre-meditated if he had planed it. And look at all these others the man who killed my nephew chad only got 5 to 7 years, and then the boy from jackson who just shot a kid but did not kill him got 30 years, then he killed himself in jail. so what is up with that

-- Posted by robert_mahler2002@yahoo.com on Fri, Jan 18, 2008, at 11:02 PM


you do not know what you are talking about, it would have been called pre-meditated if he had planed it. And look at all these others the man who killed my nephew chad only got 5 to 7 years, and then the boy from jackson who just shot a kid but did not kill him got 30 years, then he killed himself in jail. so what is up with that

-- Posted by robert_mahler2002@yahoo.com on Fri, Jan 18, 2008, at 11:03 PM

SuperBerthie21: Since when are you the moderator of this forum? After all this is a forum!

-- Posted by Sundance on Sat, Apr 11, 2009, at 2:27 PM

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