On 4 July 1984, Bowers entered a restaurant in Belize City where Robert Codd and Dora Codd were hosting a private party for their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary. According to testimony heard when the case later went to trial, Bowers was asked to leave and Robert Codd escorted him to the door. A struggle ensued outside between Bowers and Codd, and Bowers stabbed Codd several times. Codd died within minutes of the incident.
Bowers was arrested and charged with murder. He was convicted on 23 October 1984 and given the mandatory sentence of death by hanging. Bowers appealed his conviction to the Court of Appeal of Belize, but his arguments were rejected. Bowers's petition for clemency was rejected by Manuel Esquivel, the Prime Minister of Belize.
- Glenford Baptist, Belize's most recent death row prisoner
- "Court of Appeal, Criminal Appeal No. 13 of 1984 – Kent Bowers v The Queen". Belize Judiciary. Supreme Court of Belize. Retrieved 28 April 2017.
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- Amnesty International (1989). When the State Kills: The Death Penalty v. Human Rights (New York: Amnesty International, ISBN 0-86210-164-6) p. 108
- Bowers v. The Queen, Court of Appeal of Belize, 1984, belizelaw.org, accessed 2008-08-14
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