According to a sheriff’s office press release, Rebecca Wages, 40, was found shot dead at the scene in a trailer at 1110 Sherman Ave. in Cedar Grove around 1 a.m. Thursday.
PANAMA CITY — Bay County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested a man who allegedly confessed to shooting and killing a woman over a stolen power cord in Panama City on Thursday.
According to a sheriff’s office press release, Rebecca Wages, 40, was found shot dead at the scene in a trailer at 1110 Sherman Ave. in Cedar Grove around 1 a.m. Thursday. Arrested at the scene after he allegedly stated he shot Wages was Jason Bowen, 38, who was charged with manslaughter and tampering with evidence. He was also charged with trafficking in methamphetamine more than 200 grams, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The press release states that the shooting allegedly occurred after Wages confronted and accused Bowen of stealing a power cord from her trailer.
After speaking with multiple witnesses, investigators determined that Wages was angry about the theft and confronted a man at the door of his trailer and demanded to speak to “Jay.” The man stated she was carrying a stungun/flashlight in one hand and that she used it to stun him. After she stunned him, he told her the man she was looking for was visiting him inside the trailer.
Bowen was inside the trailer and when Wages entered, he allegedly shot her. The press release states that Bowen’s story, during multiple interviews, had allegedly changed several times and it was currently unclear if he was also stunned by Wages or simply shot her when she entered.
A 9mm Smith and Wesson handgun was found under Wages right thigh. Bowen allegedly stated he used the Smith and Wesson to shoot Wages, wiped his fingerprints off the gun and put it near her body.
Bowen was arrested and charged with manslaughter and tampering with evidence after discussion with the State Attorney's Office, 14th Judicial Circuit.
A search warrant was conducted at Bowen's residence on Everitt Avenue. A power cord similar to the one that the victim accused Bowen of stealing from her trailer, was found inside Bowen's home, the press release states. Methamphetamine was also allegedly found inside Bowen's home.
Bowen was booked into the Bay County Jail.