After defendant Stanley Owens was sentenced, Criminal Court Judge Carolyn Wade Blackett also denied his motion for a new trial. Owens must serve at least 60 percent of his sentence before he can be considered for parole.
Edward Askew, 47, was shot to death on Feb. 9, 1990, when a robber came in to the Kay-T-Did Liquor Store at 2231 Central Ave. and demanded money. During a struggle, Owens was shot in the thigh and was seen limping out of the store to a getaway car.
The case was never solved, but three years ago Memphis police received a call from a federal prison inmate in Alabama who provided accurate details of the crime that were never made public. He also identified Owens as the gunman in the holdup.
The caller said Owens was shot in the thigh during the holdup, but never went to the hospital for fear of being reported to police. Instead, the caller said, Owens treated his wound at a private home after the shooting.
When police Cold Case officers located Owens, he showed them a gunshot wound on his thigh, but said he was shot by a drug dealer and not in a holdup. A witness from the holdup identified Owens as the gunman in a photo lineup 24 years later, and again in last month’s trial.
The case was handled by Asst. Dist. Attys. Paul Goodman and Sarah Poe.