Monday afternoon, Common Pleas Court Judge Wallace Bateman convicted a man of third-degree murder in the 1984 Bensalem slaying of 14-year-old Barbra Rowan.
George Shaw, 57, moved to Florida shortly after the Rowan family reported their child missing. After five days of testimony, closing arguments and a weekend review from Judge Bateman the defendant was found guilty of third-degree murder, possession of an instrument of crime, and attempted indecent assault.
Jennifer Schorn, Deputy DA, was satisfied with the conviction but sought first-degree murder and rape charges. She thanked Bensalem Police Detective Christopher McMullin and Bucks County Deputy Chief Detective Michael Mosiniak for their work on the investigation.
Barbra Rowan’s disappearance and discovery occurred in August 1984, and now her killer’s conviction comes days before the anniversary of the tragic Bensalem case.
Shaw’s sentence will be scheduled within the next 30 days.