Two women who went into hiding for about a month after hearing police were looking to question them in relation to a homicide that occurred inside their home in January were arrested Thursday.
The two women — Colodiuse Bowie, 35, and Jameeka Bowie, 18 — are accused of lying to Baton Rouge police detectives during initial questioning and trying to hide the fact that they were present when Patrick Williams, 16, was shot and killed inside their home on Jan. 13, according to affidavits of probable cause.
Devon Bowie, 19, Colodiuse Bowie’s son, was arrested on Jan. 16 and booked on counts of second-degree murder and illegal use of a weapon in the shooting death of Williams, who was his cousin.
Colodiuse Bowie and Jameeka Bowie, both of 1108 St. Joseph St., Baton Rouge, were booked into Parish Prison Thursday morning on obstruction of justice, Cpl. Don Coppola Jr., a police spokesman, said.
Both mother and daughter remain jailed as of Monday afternoon in lieu of a $10,000 bail, online records show.
“This is scary and disheartening to hear and see that you have family members, some parent that’s in parental authority, an authority to do the right thing, to do exactly the opposite and allegedly whisk their child away and tell them not to cooperate, to give them the message that lying is the way to do business,” parish District Attorney Hillar Moore III said.
Police have said the shooting was a culmination of an ongoing dispute between the two.
In this case, because Devon Bowie faces life in prison if convicted of second-degree murder, his mother and sister face a prison sentence of up to 40 years, a fine of no more than $100,000 or both if convicted of obstruction of justice.
Williams was found dead in the St. Joseph Street home, Old South Baton Rouge, about 11:30 a.m. after officers responded to calls of shots fired inside. He had multiple gunshot wounds.
During initial questioning, Colodiuse Bowie told police she was not inside the home at the time of the shooting and Jameeka Bowie corroborated her mother’s story, the affidavits say.
But when police contacted the person Colodiuse Bowie gave as her alibi for that day, the person told police the Colodiuse Bowie was never there on that day and had admitted to her to being at the house during the shooting, the affidavits say.
When the duo learned detectives were looking to question them again, they went into hiding until they were discovered at 4542 Wells St., and taken into the East Baton Rouge Violent Crime Unit for questioning.
Colodiuse Bowie admitted during questioning that she lied about where she was on that day, while Jameeka Bowie stuck by her story and denied her mother was at the home when the shooting occurred, Coppola said.
Based on Colodiuse Bowie’s statement, police had enough probable cause to arrest Jameeka Bowie on obstruction of justice, Coppola said.
“It’s something that doesn’t happen that often, but it does occur,” Coppola said of family members lying to police during homicide investigations.
Moore said he has recently seen more instances of parents telling their children that it’s OK to lie to police or to cover up a crime than he’s seen in the past.
Another form of obstruction of justice, witness tampering or witness intimidation, is something Moore said his office sees more often than people lying to police but said he views both as equally appalling.
Williams had been living with the family for two months prior to the shooting.
Williams’ death marked the second homicide and the first fatal shooting of 2014 in East Baton Rouge Parish.