Public Safety

Marion man now charged with manslaughter in girlfriend's assault

Court records show he will assert self-defense at trial

CEDAR RAPIDS — A year after a Marion mother of two died from severe brain injuries, the boyfriend authorities accuse of assaulting her faces an involuntary manslaughter charge.

Cody Brown, 27, was charged Monday in Linn County District Court with the new count, which represents a change from the initial charge filed against him of an assault causing bodily injury.

The amended trial information shows First Assistant Linn County Attorney Nick Maybanks told the court that involuntary manslaughter is the appropriate charge to bring against Brown based on the evidence and witnesses.

He said Brown’s lawyer, Tom Viner, had been notified and doesn’t resist the change. Viner filed a notice Monday that Brown will assert self-defense at trial.

Brown, who is free on bail pending trial, will not be arrested again.

A criminal complaint filed last year showed Brown was arguing with Stephanie Bowling, 24, about 2:53 a.m. June 28, 2018. He admitted to picking her up and throwing her to the ground.

Police said they found Bowling unresponsive on the living room floor. Preliminary reports show the attack resulted in a serious brain injury, police said. Bowling, the mother of two daughters, died June 30, 2018.

A request for subpoenas in April indicated the investigation wasn’t completed. Prosecutors wanted the court to issue subpoenas to Area Ambulance Service for any staffing, treatment and medical records associated Bowling being transported from her Marion home to UnityPoint-St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids, according to court documents.

The subpoena request also included subsequent transport of Bowling from St. Luke’s to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Bowling’s mother, Tricia Eilers of Monticello, told The Gazette last July that her daughter’s 2-year-old was in the apartment at the time of the assault, but was asleep.

Eilers said she didn’t know Brown, who had been dating her daughter about four months.

Brown changed attorneys late last year and his trial still is set for July 15 in Linn County District Court.

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