Quadruple murderer who shot ex-wife, ex-girlfriend, and their 2 daughters claims low sodium levels triggered rampage


Erbie Bowser, 48, claim low sodium levels in his body caused him to go on a murderous rampage in 2013 A quadruple murderer claims low sodium levels in his body triggered him to kill his ex-wife, ex-girlfriend and the two women’s daughters.

Erbie Bowser killed his former wife Zina Bowser, her daughter Neima Williams, his ex-girlfriend Toya Smith and her daughter Tasmin Allen, in Dallas, Texas, in 2013.

Four other children were injured in the shootings.

The 48-year-old veteran pleaded not guilty by way of insanity to four counts of capital murder last month.

His attorneys called on medical experts on Tuesday to testify that a chemical imbalance in his brain brewed a ‘perfect storm’ of factors which led him to kill.

When Bowser, a former Mavericks ManiAAC, arrived at hospital after the shootings in 2013, doctors found he had low levels of sodium which may have been caused by prescription drugs.

Low sodium levels can cause increased water to build up and lead to brain swelling which is known to trigger confusion and exhaustion.

He had already been diagnosed with PTSD from his time in the army despite never participating in combat, and also had lesions on his brain at the time of the killings.

Doctors said the sodium levels piled on to an already dangerous combination of medical conditions and sent him in to a state of ‘delirium’.

One expert described it as ‘a neuro-behavioral perfect storm that gave rise to this tragic event,’ according to Dallas News.

Toya Smith, 43, (right) and her daughter Tasmin Allen, 17, (left) were shot dead. Smith's 14-year-old son Storm (center) was also injured but survived 

Bowser's 47-year-old ex-wife Zina (left) and her 28-year-old daughter Neima Williams (right) were also killed   Bowser's 47-year-old ex-wife Zina (left) and her 28-year-old daughter Neima Williams (right) were also killed

Bowser’s attorneys previously said he was acting out a ‘military delusion’ when he committed the killings.

He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army in 2000 for being overweight.

Despite telling his family that he’d served overseas and been given the Purple Heart, military records showed he never fought and was only ever lauded for his marksmanship.

On August 7, 2013, Bowser opened fire on Toya Smith, 43, at her family home. She died alongside her 17-year-old daughter, Tasmin Allen.

The woman’s son was also shot as was a friend who was visiting the house at the time. Both survived.

After killing his first two victims, Bowser drove to the home of his ex-wife Zina.

He used an explosives device to blow open the front door before opening fire on those inside.

Police said he was in a 'catatonic' state when they found him at his ex-wife's home (above) after the shootings 

Zina, 47, died as did her 28-year-old daughter Neima Williams.  Two young boys who were inside the home were also injured but survived.

Bowser was arrested at the scene of the second shooting and was taken to hospital to be evaluated.

Police said he was in a ‘catatonic’ state afterwards and tried to charge at them twice while in custody.

He was charged with four counts of capital murder in the days that followed.

The 6ft 7in man had also worked as a special needs teacher. Before her death, his ex-wife Zina told those close to her how he had once strangled her in his sleep.

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