Chavers Indicted on Murder Charges Over Body Found in Well

By: Lia Palka Email
By: Lia Palka Email

August 3, 2010

Ulisa Chavers, the Louisa County woman who hid her boyfriend's dead body in a well, will be charged with his first-degree murder, in addition to the murder of her husband, Clent Chavers. Investigators said they cannot comment on how each man died.

Altogether, Chavers faces 22 new counts.

Chavers will be indicted on first-degree murder charges in the death of Reginal Cody Bowles and Clent Chavers, as well as ten counts of embezzlement, nine counts of grand larceny and one count of defiling a dead body. Investigators estimate Chavers allegedly cashed around $131,000 in social security checks after their deaths in 1994. (Picture of unsealed court documents)

"We take an oath to do our duty to uphold the laws, and to pursue justice. I think the law enforcement community felt like there was more work that needed to be done [on this case]," said Major Rick Jenkins, of the Virginia State Police.

Louisa County Sheriff Ashland Fortune added that in his decades of serving in law enforcement, he's never seen a case like this.

Chavers, 61, was sentenced to five years in prison back in February 2010 after pleading guilty in October 2009 to concealing the body of boyfriend Reginal Cody Bowles. She was sentenced on charges of concealing a dead body, credit card fraud, identity fraud and possessing a sawed-off rifle.

Bowles' body was found in March of 2009, more than two years after he disappeared. While Chavers has denied killing anyone, she admits she also buried her second husband, Clent Chavers, in their backyard in Amelia County in 1994. She says he died of natural causes.

Louisa County will prosecute the case.

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