Trial Postponed for Woodbury Man Accused of Assaulting Girlfriend

If convicted of the most serious charge—felony false imprisonment—George Bowes faces three years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

A 49-year-old Woodbury man accused of false imprisonment and domestic assault is headed to trial Aug. 27 after legal maneuvering by county prosecutors postponed his original date.

George Scott Bowes' trial was scheduled to begin June 11 until Assistant Washington County Attorney Kari Lindstrom filed a motion in limine—a legal device designed to instruct potential jurors in certain matters or suppress specific information from them. 

, after allegedly trapping his Inver Grove Heights girlfriend in his apartment for several hours, assaulting her physically and threatening to assault her sexually.

Patch does not disclose the names of victims or alleged victims of domestic violence.

Of particular note is the motion's third condition which states that defense counsel is not allowed to "...instruct prospective jurors and the jury to put themselves in the place of the alleged victim, witness or the defendent during the alleged event."

Another condition forbids Bowes' defense team from asking prospective jurors the following questions:

  • Do you think it is possible for anyone in our society to be arrested and charged for a crime for which the defendant is innocent?
  • Have you ever been blamed in your life for something you did not do? 

Another condition prohibits defense attorneys from inquiring about the psychiatric or psychological medical history and/or chemical dependency history of the alleged victim in front of potential jurors.

The fourteenth condition provides a list of defense witnesses that cannot be called; while the fifteenth condition prohibits the defense from introducing the following exhibits: 

  • Receipt from dated Dec. 3, 2011
  • Pills found at Bowes' home from the alleged victim's purse
  • Email and gchat exchanges between Bowes and the alleged victim

Washington County District Court Judge Richard C. Ilkka has not yet ruled on the motion but has until the date of trial to do so. 

If convicted of the most serious charge—felony false imprisonment—Bowes is facing three years in prison and a $5,000 fine. 


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