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Northern Virginia man, suspected drug dealer found guilty of murder

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A known drug dealer in Northern Virginia has been found guilty of murder after a four-day trial by jury.

James R. Williams was also convicted of using a firearm in the commission of the murder.

According to court records, Sean Bowman was shot twice in an apartment in the Buckingham neighborhood of Arlington County. Bowman was shot once in the cheek and once in the temple in the early hours of March 25, 2023.

Witnesses testified that Williams searched Bowman’s pockets and accused him of stealing drugs. Bowman’s body was discovered several days after the shooting.

The Arlington County Police Department used crime scene analysis, fingerprint examination, surveillance footage recovery and forensic DNA testing in its investigation.

Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 22 in Arlington County Circuit Court.

Williams faces up to 40 years in prison for the charge of second-degree murder and an additional three years for using a firearm in the commission of a murder.


Crystal Graham

Crystal Graham

Crystal Abbe Graham is the regional editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1999 graduate of Virginia Tech, she has worked for nearly 25 years as a reporter and editor for several Virginia publications, written a book, and garnered more than a dozen Virginia Press Association awards for writing and graphic design. She was the co-host of "Viewpoints," a weekly TV news show, and co-host of Virginia Tonight, a nightly TV news show. Her work on "Virginia Tonight" earned her a national Telly award for excellence in television.