OSU Football: Argument led to drug charges for Bo Bowling

By Scott Wright Modified: April 21, 2009 at 12:12 am •  Published: April 21, 2009
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STILLWATER — An argument with an ex-girlfriend triggered a chain of events that has Bo Bowling facing felony and misdemeanor drug charges and an uncertain future with the Oklahoma State football team.

Stillwater police arrived at Bowling’s house just before 1 a.m. on Feb. 8 to find Tristan Johnson, 21, sitting on the street curb amid an argument with Bowling after the couple had broken up.

Johnson was called as a witness for the prosecution in Bowling’s preliminary hearing in Payne County court on Friday, where she admitted that she had been drinking heavily that night, a combination of beer and vodka shots, on top of her own prescription antidepressants and a Xanax pill she received from Bowling.

A friend had called police out of concern for Johnson’s well-being because of her erratic emotional condition, according to the testimony of officer Adam Elliott, who arrived at Bowling’s home at 12:45 a.m. for a standard welfare check.

Less than six hours later, Bowling had been charged with drug and paraphernalia possession.

At the preliminary hearing, Bowling’s attorney, Cheryl Ramsey, accused Stillwater police officers of "fishing” for evidence without probable cause and unlawfully detaining Bowling in his home before being granted a search warrant.

But Ramsey’s motion to suppress the evidence found in the search was denied by Payne County Special District Judge Phillip Corley on Friday, which leaves Bowling facing trial, his status with the Cowboys in doubt.


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What’s next for Bowling?
With the court denying his attorney’s motion to suppress evidence and dismiss the charges against him, suspended Oklahoma State football player Bo Bowling now awaits his trial date on felony and misdemeanor drug charges.

Bowling will be back in a Payne County courtroom on May 8 for trial. His status with the football team remains in question and likely will stay that way until his legal matter is settled.

By Scott Wright

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