JAY – An outstanding warrant has been issued for the arrest of a convicted felon accused of first-degree manslaughter in the death of a Neosho man.
Theo Levern Morrison Jr., 40, also of Neosho, MO, is wanted in connection with the death of 45-year-old Jay Walter Bowman who died as a result of a motorcycle collision on May 24 on State Hwy 10, east of Grove.
According to documents filed in district court, Morrison was driving a van with a girlfriend when he pulled into a private drive on the west side of the highway to check a tire that had gone flat earlier that morning.
As Morrison was backing out, he failed to yield to Bowman’s southbound motorcycle and Bowman died as a result of injuries he sustained from the collision, according to the report filed.
Oklahoma State trooper Robert Rogers, investigating the accident, noticed Morrison had bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and an odor of alcohol on his breath, but was told he was not the driver, so a blood test was not requested.
Rogers was told at the scene that Consuela Bunch, Morrison’s girlfriend, was the driver of the vehicle and she was arrested for negligent homicide.
During a subsequent investigation, it was determined that Morrison was in fact the driver and he had asked Bunch to claim that she was the driver because he was intoxicated and on probation, according to his statement.
Felony charges of manslaughter in the first degree and leaving the scene of a fatality accident have been filed in Delaware County. A bond of $70,000 has been set.
Morrison was convicted in 1993 of possession of controlled substance (crack cocaine) a felony, and in 1999 on felony charges of assault in the first degree and armed criminal action, both convictions in Jasper County, MO.