Fowler, 59, was immediately sentenced to life in prison. […]
[Thomas] Ciancio died Dec. 30, 2009 while he went to the office to collect a severance check from Fowler Software Design. Ciancio had decided to leave the company after the founder, 58-year-old Rex Fowler, had diverted $175,000 in company funds to Fowler’s church, the Church of Scientology.
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At the start of the trial the judge said the legal proceedings were about the facts of the case and not about Fowler’s ‘religion.’
However, last year ABC News reported:
Among the mysteries in software firm founder William Rex Fowler’s alleged killing of ex-partner Thomas Ciancio is whether Fowler’s self-professed devotion to the Church of Scientology played a role in the workplace shooting
References to the Church of Scientology also repeatedly cropped up in Fowler’s 11-page arrest affidavit.
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