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A DNA test was ordered today for a 58-year-old businessman and founder of an Adams County software company accused of killing his former business partner.
Adams County District Judge Francis Wasserman this morning also set an April 7 preliminary hearing for William Rex Fowler, who appeared in court wearing surgical scrubs.
Fowler allegedly shot and killed 42-year-old Thomas Ciancio on Dec. 30 at Fowler Software Design. Investigators say Fowler shot Ciancio three times in the head with a 9mm Glock handgun when Cianco came to the business to collect $9,900 in severance pay. Investigators believe Fowler then shot himself.
Officials say Fowler is "in custody" but have declined to reveal where he is being held.
Ciancio, who was Fowler Software's chief operating officer, resigned Nov. 23 in a dispute over the way the company was being managed.