DOCS: Homicide victim found with 7 gunshot wounds

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BLOOMFIELD, Ind. (WTHI) – A Linton man accused in the Sunday shooting death of a Greene County man appeared before a judge via video conference late Wednesday morning.

Aaron Schaffer, 32 of Linton, was officially charged with murder and possession of a handgun without a license. Investigators believe he shot Michael Shan Bowers, 48 of Greene County, five times, leaving seven gunshot wounds on Bowers’ body.

A copy of the probable cause was obtained by News 10 on Wednesday detailing the April 20 incident. In it, the dialogue of a Greene County Sheriff’s Department Detective, pursuing the investigation.

The document reads, Linton Police contacted the Greene County Sheriff’s Office after Aaron Schaffer, 32, of Linton turned himself into police on April 20, around 9:32 pm.

The Greene County Sheriff’s Department responded to the scene of the investigation, on County Road 900 West, Northeast of Linton. There, deputies found Stacy Bowers, the victim’s wife, and Dova Lockhart, a brother-in-law of Stacy.

Deputies say the body of Michael Shan Bowers was found in a gravel area behind his home. An autopsy report would later reveal Bowers was shot five times.

Court Documents state that Bowers and Schaffer knew each other through their wives, Stacy Bowers, and Amber Schaffer. Stacy Bowers and Amber Schaffer are noted as sisters in the document.

Amber and Aaron Schaffer, and Stacy and Michael Bowers were attending a family Easter gathering a Reservoir 26 earlier that day. According to a witness statement: “Everyone seemed to be getting along with each other except Shan and Stacy.” Shan is noted in the text as Michael Bowers.

The probable cause notes that Michael Bowers left Reservoir 26 without Stacy; Stacy asked Aaron Schaffer for a ride back to her home. It notes that Schaffer dropped wife Amber off, and continued to take Stacy home; later, Schaffer stopped at a convenience store for cigarettes, and asked Stacy to buy them using his credit card, said police.

During that time period, detectives say, is when the incident occurred. Investigators believe Aaron Schaffer drove to the Bowers’ home and killed Michael Bowers. The court document states Schaffer returned to the convenience store to pick up Stacy Bowers, and admitted to shooting her husband.

He then turned himself into the Linton Police Department.

Aaron Schaffer appeared via video conference before a judge Wednesday where he was charged with murder and carrying a handgun without a license. Schaffer is scheduled for his next court proceeding in September.
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