Poison Expert Accused of Fatally Poisoning Wife — as Police Reveal Alleged Web Searches

Connor Bowman, 30, has been charged with manslaughter in connection with the death of his 32-year-old wife Betty Bowman

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Connor Bowman, Betty Bowman

A Minnesota man who specializes in poison science has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of his 32-year-old wife, authorities say, according to reports.

Connor Bowman, 30, was booked into the Olmsted County Jail in Rochester, Minn., on Friday, according to jail records.

Bowman’s wife Betty Bowman was hospitalized in August due to symptoms that resembled food-poisoning, authorities said, according to KSTP and ABC News 19.

Four days later, on Aug. 20, she died “following a sudden onset autoimmune and infectious illness,” according to an online obituary.

Connor was arrested two months after her death, accused of administering liquid colchicine to her, according to a criminal complaint, reports CBS Minnesota and KSTP.

The National Library of Medicine states that the substance is used for treating gout, but can be fatal if administered at a high dosage — which is anything over 0.5mg/kg. Connor had allegedly conducted online searches to determine Betty’s weight in milligrams and then multiplied that by 08.mg, according to the complaint.

His online searches also allegedly showed purchase queries for the substance five days before her death, as well as queries on whether internet searches can be used in court and about deleting Amazon data, according to the complaint.

On a GoFundMe page organized by one Sarah Leeser, Betty was remembered as “a light to so many people.” Leeser is raising funds for Betty’s mother Nancy Sponsel for assistance regarding memorial costs, legal costs and other bills, according to the GoFundMe description.

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Betty Bowman

Betty was a pharmacist and Connor was a medical student who also worked as a poison specialist fielding phone calls for the University of Kansas, according to CBS. In a statement shared with PEOPLE on Tuesday, the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota said Connor is a former resident of the facility.

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“Betty inspired and encouraged others to be their truest selves,” said an online obituary. “As a vibrant and outgoing young woman, Betty lived life to the fullest-including never missing the opportunity to travel and experience a new place.”

The obituary directed well-wishers to a donation page for The Trevor Project, a suicide prevention organization for the LGBTQ community.

In the statement to PEOPLE, the Mayo Clinic said Connor was employed at the facility until early October.

“We are aware of the recent arrest of a former Mayo Clinic resident on charges unrelated to his Mayo Clinic responsibilities,” the statement reads. “The resident's training at Mayo Clinic ended earlier this month.”

It wasn’t immediately clear if Connor has entered a plea or retained an attorney.

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