Death penalty sought for man accused in 1991 killing

Friday, August 10, 2007 | 12:20 p.m. CDT; updated 11:35 p.m. CDT, Saturday, July 19, 2008

COLUMBIA — Prosecutors will seek the death penalty for a man accused of raping and killing a Wentzville teenager nearly 17 years ago.

Michael Dowell of Ferguson was charged with first-degree murder last year after a crime lab matched his DNA to a sample recovered from the clothing of 18-year-old Stephanie Hogland. Her partially naked body was found along a Lincoln County road in January 1991.

The case broke when Dowell submitted a DNA sample at the request of his probation officer for an unrelated crime.

The case has been moved to Boone County on a change of venue. A trial date has not been set.

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