Man Who Killed Santa Cruz Priest Denied Parole for Five Years

February 22, 2010  []

VACAVILLE, CA — A former taxicab driver who pleaded no contest to killing the first priest of Santa Cruz’s Greek Orthodox church was denied parole Monday, the Santa Cruz District Attorney’s Office reported.

Edward Bowman, now 63, was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison in 1988 and Monday’s hearing at Solano State Prison was his third chance for release and parole. The Parole Board ruled he will not be eligible again until 2015, according to Jeff Rosell, the assistant district attorney assigned to the case.

Priest John Karastamatis was bludgeoned and stabbed to death outside the office of The Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church in downtown Santa Cruz on May 19, 1985. He was 47.

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