Poison specialist and former medical resident at Mayo Clinic is charged with poisoning his wife

A former medical resident at the Mayo Clinic is charged with fatally poisoning his wife, a 32-year-old pharmacist who died days after she went to a hospital in August with stomach distress.

Authorities say Connor Bowman, 30, tried to stop the autopsy on his wife, Betty Bowman. He argued she should be cremated immediately and claimed she had a rare illness, which hospital tests did not confirm.

The medical examiner’s office halted the order for cremation, citing suspicious circumstances. An autopsy showed Betty Bowman died from toxic effects of colchicine, a medicine used to treat gout. Medical records indicate she was not diagnosed with gout.

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