After days on the run, man caught and charged with 3 counts of murder

Paul Douglas Sizemore
Paul Douglas Sizemore Leslie County Detention Center

A man wanted for questioning in the shooting deaths of three people in Leslie County was apprehended Wednesday not far from where Monday’s homicides took place, according to Kentucky State Police.

Paul Douglas Sizemore, 52, was charged Wednesday night with three counts of murder, state police said. He is also charged with the attempted murder of a Kentucky State Police trooper.

The manhunt after the three homicides put community members on edge, but it ended without incident just after 10:50 a.m. Wednesday, when a resident at Cutshin called state police and said Sizemore was outside the home, according to Master Trooper Jody Sims.

Lt. Jackie Joseph responded to the call and found Sizemore walking in the middle of Ky. 699, police said. Sizemore immediately surrendered to Joseph and was taken into custody by Trooper Randall Coots.

“He probably didn’t have any fight left,” Sims said. “I’d say he was spent.”

Police believe Sizemore had been in the woods since the shootings Monday evening. Temperatures dropped below freezing at night.

Sizemore complained about pain in his feet from being out in the cold, state police said.

“He thought they might be frostbit,” Sims said.

Police took Sizemore to the Hazard Appalachian Regional Hospital to be evaluated. He was later jailed in Leslie County.

Sizemore was charged with attempted murder because he allegedly rammed his vehicle into the cruiser of trooper Ethan Lewis Monday, then got out of his vehicle and shot at Lewis before fleeing on foot, according to state police.

Lewis was responding to investigate a complaint of shots fired in the Wolf Creek community.

Police found the bodies of Larry Bowling, 64, and his wife Norma, 61, in their house and the body of their son, 38-year-old Chad Bowling, in the driveway of his house nearby, according to Leslie County Coroner Greg Walker.

All three had been shot to death.

Sizemore also pleaded guilty in 1987 to killing his cousin, Ruth Ann Osborne, in 1987, according to WKYT, the Herald-Leader’s reporting partner. He was released in 2002 after serving 14 years in a 20-year sentence, WKYT reported.

A year later, he was charged in federal court in Louisville in connection with the armed robbery of a pawn shop and the attempted robbery of a Kroger in 2003, according to court records.

Sizemore pleaded guilty to three charges, including conspiring to use a gun during a crime of violence, and was sentenced to 11 years and three months in prison, followed by a period of supervision by the U.S. Probation and Parole office.

U.S. District Judge Danny C. Reeves sentenced Sizemore in June 2015 to serve another 12 months in prison for a probation violation, and a period of four years on supervised release.

One condition of his supervision was to stay out of Leslie County unless the probation office allowed him to go there.