Jennifer Bowman-Harnden, 40, of Salem, one of three charged in the murder of DavidLee Stansbury, 19, in April of this year has been released from the Fulton County Jail after posting a $150,000 bond on Aug. 19.

This follows less than a month after she was granted a bond reduction from $250,000 to $150,000 on July 27.

Harnden’s son, Jacoby Goehler, 20, remains incarcerated with two $500,000 bonds, one associated with the murder charge and the second associated with a planned attempt to escape the Fulton County Jail.

Co-defendant Travis Eugene Barker, 19 appeared in court Aug. 18 with a petition for reduction of bond.

Barker’s attorney petitioned the court to reduce the bond for Barker from $500,000 to $25,000 however; his request was denied and his bond remains at $500,000.

Goehler has been charged with murder in the first degree, a class Y felony; Bowman-Harnden faces charges of conspiracy to commit murder in the first degree, a class A felony and Barker also faces murder in the first degree, a class Y felony.

The charges stem from an incident on April 23, DavidLee Stansbury was reported missing to the Salem Police Department.

Later that evening, a call was made from a military Sergeant stating Jacoby Goehler, 20, had called stating he had killed someone and wanted a military attorney.  

Officers interviewed Goehler’s wife and she stated she received a phone call from him wanting her to meet at his mother’s home.  

When she arrived, she went inside and Goehler said he had shot Stansbury three times and killed him.  

He stated Stansbury had raped his sister.  

“Jacoby told her DavidLee’s last words were ‘Dude chill, I didn’t do anything’,” the affidavit states.  

On April 23, at around 3:30 a.m., Stansbury ‘s father stated Stansbury received a phone call and a couple of texts. He told his father Goehler was wanting him to go help move a trailer at Viola and would pay him.  

Stansbury left the home and entered a light-colored pickup truck and which drove away.  

Later, Stansbury’s father called Goehler asking about Stansbury since he was not answering his phone. He was told Goehler had not seen him.  

The phone of Stansbury was pinged and was last active at 4:41 a.m.  

A message from Harnden was cited in the message asking for a firearm, stating she was emotional and that she felt like a failure as a mother as she was not able to protect her “offspring”.  

On April 25, officers spoke with Harnden who became emotional and stated “I wanted to kill him myself but did not have a gun or way to do it,” the affidavit said.  

Harnden later sent a message to a friend stating her life “was crashing before her eyes” asking for prayers for her family and stating she was going to get locked up.

A few weeks later, Barker was also arrested after an investigation by authorities and an interview with Barker who admitted to being present at the murder, providing a firearm and helping to disassemble the firearm and discard the pieces while he and Goehler traveled back to Barker’s home in Missouri.

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