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NY man charged with beheading girlfriend in 1989

NY man charged with beheading girlfriend in 1989; already in prison for killing another woman By The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) ' A man has been charged with cutting off his pregnant girlfriend's head on a New York City rooftop in 1989.

Philip Ward pleaded not guilty Monday to murdering Veronica Bowen.

Ward already is in prison for killing the woman who became his girlfriend after Bowen's death.



Defense lawyer Frank Rothman says Ward has been cooperating with authorities. Rothman says Ward is driven by a desire to build a better relationship with his and Bowen's two children.

Bowen's naked, headless body was found on her Upper Manhattan apartment building rooftop in February 1989. Her head was never found.

Manhattan prosecutors allege Ward attacked her after learning she was carrying another man's child.

Prosecutors say he was suspected for years but recently confessed to the killing.


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