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Unrelated killings lead to murder indictments

Published Aug. 24, 2005

A grand jury has indicted two men in separate killings that occurred late last year.

Lawrence K. Tener was indicted on one count of first-degree murder in connection with the death of Tammy Lee Bowles, whose body detectives found Dec. 18 in Moon Lake. Jurors also indicted Adam L. Calcote on a charge of first-degree murder in the death of Anclote Elementary teacher Kim Delancey.

The indictments, issued Thursday, were mostly formality; both men already had been arrested and charged with first-degree murder.

Each man has pleaded not guilty to the charge.

"Maybe justice will be served," said Sandy Delancey, Kim's mother.

Sandy Delancey wasn't at the courthouse Thursday, where a grand jury heard testimony from four witnesses behind closed doors. But the grieving mother said she plans to attend all future hearings for the man who told detectives he smothered her only child with a pillow.

Reports show Calcote, 33, and Kim Delancey, 27, were hanging out in his girlfriend's Carlton Arms apartment in New Port Richey on the night of Dec. 4. Calcote's girlfriend was out of town. He requested sex from Delancey. She refused and cried for help.

Calcote, as he later told detectives, then smothered her with a pillow. About three hours later, he carried Delancey back to her apartment next door and placed her on her bed.

A co-worker from Anclote Elementary found Delancey there after she didn't show up for work. Delancey, who was single, worked with special needs students and was described by colleagues as energetic and dedicated to the children she taught.

Calcote was arrested in Massachusetts, where he had two outstanding warrants alleging arson and previously lived. He has no prior arrests in Florida.

Marijuana was the key to the case involving Tener and Bowles, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. Detectives said Tener, 22, admitted he killed Bowles, 43, after she tried to leave his Moon Lake home with his drugs.

Tener said he hit her in the head with an ax handle, then dragged her unconscious body to his bed and hit her again, according to his arrest report.

Exactly when the incident occurred is unknown. Bowles' family hadn't seen her for several weeks before her death. Detectives estimate she was killed between Oct. 22 and Dec. 16.

They found her partially decomposed body in a shallow grave at Tener's 10222 Linwood St. home.

Tener's criminal history includes arrests for auto burglary, aggravated battery and shooting into an occupied dwelling.

When he was 15, Tener was charged with cruelty to animals after shooting his family's iguana twice in the head.

Bowles was a mother of four who split her time between Ohio and Florida.

She had moved back to Moon Lake shortly before her death. Her family could not be reached for comment Tuesday evening.

Colleen Jenkins covers courts in west Pasco County. She can be reached in west Pasco at 869-6236, or toll-free at 1-800-333-7505, ext. 6236. Her e-mail is