Eighteen months after she killed a man to protect her own life in a methamphetamine lab, Amanda Rose Bowman was found inside another suspected meth lab Friday, Wilkes-Barre police allege.
Bowman, 30, of Glen Lyon, was one of three people charged in connection with a suspected mobile meth lab found parked on East Lafayette Place Friday afternoon. Police also arraigned two men, Christian Joseph Morgan, 38, of Beach Haven, and Courtney M. Wolfe, 29, of Shickshinny, on drug manufacturing and other felony charges Saturday morning.
During an August 2011, trial, Bowman testified she shot 44-year-old Robert Muntz in the head with a .40-caliber handgun after Muntz burst into her trailer in Hunlock Township on Feb. 8, 2011. Bowman was not charged with homicide in the incident as prosecutors ruled she acted in self-defense. Muntz was carrying a stolen .22-caliber handgun and wearing a Halloween mask as he entered the trailer, according to investigators.
State police said the trailer at 59 Old Tavern Road, which Bowman shared with her boyfriend Jeffrey Layton, was filled with firearms, ammunition and materials used to manufacture methamphetamine. Drug, weapons and other charges were filed against nine people in connection with the incident.
Bowman pleaded guilty to a charge of criminal conspiracy of possession with intent to deliver and was awaiting sentencing Sept. 4 at the time of her arrest Friday. She will now face new drug charges at a hearing scheduled for the same day.
On Friday afternoon, Wilkes-Barre police allege, Bowman was found sitting in a green Toyota Corolla parked on East Lafayette Place with Morgan and Wolfe. State police forensic scientists pulled containers and other items they called consistent with the manufacture of methamphetamine from the trunk and passenger compartment of the vehicle, which was later towed to the city‚??s impound lot at LAG Towing.
All three were charged Saturday with manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver a controlled substance; conspiracy to manufacture, deliver or possess a controlled substance; possession of red phosphorous, etc. with intent to manufacture controlled substances; risking catastrophe; internal possession of a controlled substance, and use or possession of drug paraphernalia.
Red phosphorous is a substance found in match boxes, road flares and fireworks that is used in the manufacture of methamphetamine.
Morgan was additionally charged with resisting arrest. Residents of the East Lafayette Place neighborhood said a man ran from the vehicle as Wilkes-Barre police Officer Robert Collins approached and Collins used a Taser to subdue the man and take him into custody.
Bowman, Morgan and Wolfe are being held at Luzerne County Correctional Facility in lieu of $50,000 each in straight bail. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Sept. 4 at 10 a.m. before District Judge Rick Cronauer, Wilkes-Barre.