Man already in jail arrested for alleged murder of brother's girlfriend

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Maxx Bowe has been booked on a charge of first-degree murder in the death of Taylorlyn Nelson. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office and Phoenix Police Department) Maxx Bowe has been booked on a charge of first-degree murder in the death of Taylorlyn Nelson. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office and Phoenix Police Department)
(Source: Phoenix Police Department) (Source: Phoenix Police Department)
Taylorlyn Nelson (left), Kodi Bowe (top), Maxx Bowe (middle), Kerrie Quaintance (bottom) Taylorlyn Nelson (left), Kodi Bowe (top), Maxx Bowe (middle), Kerrie Quaintance (bottom)
Maxx Bowe (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) Maxx Bowe (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

A man who was already in jail in connection with the disappearance of his brother's girlfriend has now been booked on suspicion of first-degree murder in her death.

Bond for Maxx Bowe, who has been in jail since April, is set at $375,000.

This goes back to March 14, when a young woman named Taylorlyn Nelson was reported missing by her mother.

The mom said Nelson, 21, was good at keeping in touch with family and friends, but nobody had heard from her since March 11.

“Family advised that they were concerned for her safety since she had not called anyone after arguing with her boyfriend, Kodi Bowe,” Sgt. Mercedes Fortune of the Phoenix Police Department. said at the time. 

Kodie Bowe, 27, is Maxx Bowe's older brother, also was arrested in connection with Nelson's death. He was already in custody on an assault charge from the night Nelson disappeared.

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According to court paperwork, Nelson told a friend that Kodi threatened her several times, but that's not all.

"The family stated Taylorlyn told then if she ever disappeared, Kodi killed her and put her under their trailer," read the court paperwork for Maxx Bowe.

Police search the trailer after Nelson's family reporter her missing. She was nowhere to be found.

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Investigators discovered blood that had been cleaned up in several areas of the trailer, as well as 9mm casing.

Detectives developed information that the Bowe brothers and a woman named Kerrie Quaintance took Nelson's body to Lake Pleasant and dumped it. A woman's body was found there on July 21. While the Maricopa County Medical Examiner's Office has not confirmed it, investigators believe the body is that of Nelson. Results of DNA testing are pending

According to Bowe's court paperwork, he told a witness who later contacted the police, that he held Nelson while his brother shot her in the head.

"Maxx told the witness about a female friend coming over to the hole to help get rid of Taylorlyn's body," the arresting officer wrote in his probable cause for arrest statement. "She was placed in a green sleeping back with rocks and the bag was sewn shut."

According to those court documents, Bowe, 25, apparently thought he was in the clear after getting rid of Nelson's body.

"Maxx also admitted to getting rid of the gun, and specifically knowing where the gun used to kill Taylorlyn was located, however, he believed with no gun and Taylorlyn's remains unrecovered, he would not be able to be convicted in this matter."

In April, Quaintance, 51, was arrested and booked for hindering prosecution and abandonment or concealment of a body. Bowe, 25, was arrested and booked for hindering prosecution. Kodi Bowe, already in jail from that assault charge the night Nelson disappeared, was arrested for murder.

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Bowe was still in custody on that charge when police arrested him Thursday and booked him on suspicion of murder.


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