Kevin Brian Dowling

Kevin Brian Dowling was convicted of robbing and later murdering Jennifer Myers. According to a Federal appeal filed in 2015 :


This case presents a textbook example of how a tunnel-visioned police investigation coupled with overzealous and unscrupulous prosecutors can result in the conviction of an innocent person.

On August 5, 1996, Jennifer Myers was robbed at gunpoint in her frame gallery, where she was the sole proprietress. She thought she knew her attacker and initially did not want the police to be contacted. A disgruntled business partner was implicated, apparently on the theory that the robbery was staged as an intimidation tactic.

On November 29, 1996, with no tangible results in their investigation, the police visited Ms. Myers for a follow-up interview. When pressed, she told police that two weeks earlier she thought she observed someone who looked like the attacker working at a convenience store. She explained then that her failure to timely notify the police was due to her lack certainty that he was the perpetrator. The police investigated and when they observed a car of comparable make to the one ostensibly observed near the gallery, they promptly arrested the car’s owner,  Petitioner, Kevin Brian Dowling.

Mr. Dowling was a  married father of three children, with no criminal record, and a lengthy career in operations management.

When Myers was later found murdered, suspicion turned almost exclusively to Petitioner, with the authorities ignoring other likely suspects including: an admitted robber with an identical modus operandi to the perpetrator and who was then on the loose; the victim’s husband who “discovered” the body, and suspiciously, in the immediate aftermath of the murder, dispossessed himself of a weapon of the same caliber as the murder weapon (which the Commonwealth’s expert could not exclude as the weapon used to kill Myers); and the disgruntled former business partner. Because there was little evidence implicating Petitioner in the murder (for which Petitioner was tried separately and sentenced to death) the prosecution sought to bolster the robbery case through coaching of witnesses, renewed reliance on hypnotically refreshed identifications, and a blatant attempt to pollute the jury pool through biased and frequent press appearances (as the trial court found).

In addition, prosecutors contemptuously ignored court rulings and admonitions in order to ensure that the jury heard prejudicial and inadmissible evidence. Against this onslaught, the Commonwealth provided Petitioner with a host of Strickland-deficient lawyers, who collectively did virtually nothing Strickland requires, resulting in no defense being presented at trial and the waiver of virtually all of Petitioner’s claims of error, including ineffectiveness of trial counsel.

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  1. Why lie?

    1. She was also sexually assaulted
    2. Someone walked in and he ran out the back so it was reported immediately
    3. She recognized his voice while he attended to her at a convenience store
    4. Police were called immediately
    5. In his car was found the same sunglasses, the same hat and jacket AND A CUT OUT ARTICLE OF HER SEXUAL ASSAULT
    6. A 15 minute tape to remember their dad? Lol
    7. Constantly looking at his watch lol over a total of 15 mins that covered hours he allegedly fished but caught shit
    8. Professor who studies solar systems and the sun etc spent 8 months studying the parts of the video that proved full well he was not fishing at the time he changed the video camera to show

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      1. When Kevin was awaiting trial, the wife had another man living in the family home. Had he been acquitted, he would have been in a position to gain full custody of the children. When the wife realized that, this was the overwhelming evidence that caused her to turn against him.

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    1. 1. She never claimed sexual assault in her report of the crime.
      2. A delivery driver, Gary Altland, walked in at 11:00 a.m., 10 minutes after the robber left.
      3. After police badgered her to name a suspect, she identified someone with a Manager nametag as sounding like the perpetrator. She said she did not report her observation because she was “not sure.” Associate managers wore Manager nametags. Dowling was a general manager and wore a nametag that said Kevin.
      4. The crime was first reported at 11:09 a.m. by Ms. McDowell of the West York Animal Hospital after Altland notified her. The victim called police at 11:15 a.m., the same time an Officer Crider arrived at her store. Police destroyed the 911 recordings of the two calls as well as transcripts of them. Possibly they contained some mention of her not wanting to report the crime.
      5. The robber had aviator type sunglasses. Dowling had a broken pair of non-aviator glasses.
      6. The victim said she could not visually identify the robber as he was wearing sunglasses and a hat. She identified the robber as left-handed and said he told her he had recently been in jail and had no desire to return. Dowling is right-handed and had never been to jail. It is not reasonable to think he is the robber. In addition, nothing she said could be construed as giving him motive to kill her.


    2. Notr to mention that his clothing came back positive for gunshot residue twice. That tends to be pretty hard to account for.


    3. He is as guilty as the Pope is a Catholic, I done my major in forensic science, he thought he could get away with it, not a chance, he’s just an oxygen thief.


      1. Unfortunately the victim was likely murdered much later than police claimed when Dowling has a solid alibi not dependent on any videotape. Police learned right away that the boat rental agent placed him back at the fishing lake at 2:30 pm. The lake also was a 63 minute drive from the murder scene. The victim was found murdered in her store by her husband at 3:07 pm. The problem is the victim’s body was easily visible and entering customers would have seen her and likely reported the murder if she had been killed many minutes before she was found. Knowing Dowling’s alibi, police claimed the murder occurred long before at 12:57 pm. The evidence they have supporting such a time is far from compelling.


  2. Don’t believe he’s innocent. Sorry, but the evidence points to Mr. Dowling. His victim recognized his voice and he got arrested. Furthermore a couple days before the trial set, Jennifer Myers was murdered In the same time that Kevin conveniently went fishing and he changed fhe time on the fapes. An NASA usdd the sun positions in the video to.check the time, they did not kmardh accordingly. Coincidence? No. When you put it all together it becomes evidencd.

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    1. You could tell just from looking at the shadows on the video i was much later in the day – and that took me 10secs on the TV just now – I suppose for the NASA guy to put any real proof to the court took eight months though … !


  3. They did investigate the husband, who was st work and his gun WAS excluded. Also, her blood was found on the clothing he was wearing when he shot her, those clothes were also on his video of his fishing trip.
    What kind of BS article is this anyway? His WIFE thinks death penalty is too lenient for him!

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    1. Gun tests did not exonerate the husband, Steven Myers, and the evidence against him is more serious than reported. Not only were the murder bullets fired from the same .357 caliber gun but lands and grooves on them showed that the bullets were fired from a Smith and Wesson model, the exact model owned by Myers. At trial the prosecutor led the gun analyst, Corporal James Rottmund, into giving seemingly contradictory testimony, presumably to mislead the jury. Rottmund admitted that he could not rule out Myers’ gun as the murder weapon, but at other times said he does not believe it is the murder weapon. Apparently he heard from others that Dowling is guilty and does not believe that Dowling would have used Myers’ gun. Rottmund’s lab reports still indicate that Myers’ gun could have been used. He never disavowed them or tried to correct them.


  4. To obvious, and his supporters are grasping at handfuls of air. He wasn’t railroaded, and I am certain that the prosecution looked at all of the evidence including the points he made in attempting to refute his guilt. But his guilt is too obvious.


  5. Are you kidding? No criminal record! BS the criminal record would have been robbery and attempted rape minimum if he hadn’t gone back and shoot her. FF has much in the way of forensics. Even his own wife has since said he did it as the evidence was overwhelming. Anyone that thinks Dowling is innocent needto open their eyes and ears.


  6. I dunno I watched this on Forensic files and the evidence was iffy at best. From what I saw he couldn’t do it because he was out fishing over 1 hour away even had a videotape to prove it. Killer had long hair as well.


  7. Dowling is as guilty as sin. He was convicted of robbery and attempted rape of the Myers girl, the same one he desperately wanted to stop from testifying against him despite the fact she was deceased. He killed her two days before that trial was to proceed, how coincidental is this? He then gave this “alibi” about fishing and video taped himself on that lake. He even saved bait receipts for that day, like who saves bait receipts?? His whole story “stinks”. When his video was proven to be bogus because of the experts who plotted the suns position, he admitted he lied and changed his story to say it was because he was at a strip club and didn’t want his wife to know. This just proved he was a liar. Then there was gun powder residue on his shirt, same kind as a witness described worn by the perp seen running from the murder scene. How bad does it get when even his wife believes the evidence was overwhelming?? I really hope this s-um b-g lives 20 more years before he is executed.


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