Melvin Rowland Wiki – Melvin Rowland Bio
Melvin Rowland was the Utah man accused of killing University of Utah athlete Lauren McCluskey in 2018. He was found dead in a church after McCluskey, his former girlfriend was murdered.
Rowland was a registered sex offender, was abusive during his relationship with McCluskey and stalked her after they broke up before killing her on the Salt Lake City university’s campus, police said.
He was 37 years old.
Melvin Rowland Found Dead
According to police statements, McCluskey was confronted and shot by Rowland on October 22, 2018, about 8:20 p.m. Her body was found just before 10 p.m. Salt Lake City Police officers spotted Rowland on foot about 12:45 a.m. on October 23. According to police, the officers followed Rowland and he entered the Trinity AME Church at 239 East Martin Luther King Boulevard. Rowland then shot himself inside the church. His death was ruled a suicide.
Lauren McCluskey Murder
After the 21-year-old McCluskey was found dead of a gunshot wound in her car outside of her residence hall, police launched a manhunt for Rowland after identifying him as a suspect, according to a University of Utah Police report on the murder.
McCluskey, who was on the University of Utah Utes track team, had reported Rowland to campus police, saying he had threatened, harassed and stalked her, and had extorted her for money in exchange for not releasing compromising photos of her.
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After shooting and killing McCluskey, Rowland called a woman to pick him up, according to the University of Utah Police report on the incident. He had met the woman on a dating app. According to police, Rowland and the woman went out to dinner together after the shooting. The woman has not been identified and was not charged in connection with the shooting.
According to police, Rowland and the woman also visited the State Capitol together after the shooting and then went back to her apartment, where Rowland took a shower. She dropped him off at a coffee shop in the hours before police located him, according to investigators. The woman called police after seeing Rowland’s photo on the news, according to investigators.
At a press conference in the days after the shooting, then-University of Utah Police Chief Dale Brophy told reporters, “I can’t fathom how anybody with a conscience could murder their girlfriend and then go have dinner with somebody else and act as nothing happened.”