On Monday, December 29th, 2008, a man and a woman, both University of Memphis students, were sitting in a car at 510 South Highland when two males approached them and forced them out of the car at gun point. They robbed both victims, and ordered them to get back into their car. The suspects, led by Owens in another vehicle, drove both victims to a secluded dead end street in south Memphis where both victims were beaten, the female victim was raped, and the male victim was then shot. The male suspects then fled the scene. Owens was developed as suspect in the investigation and two other defendants were also identified, arrested and charged.
One of the defendants, James Hamilton, a juvenile at the time of the offense, was tried earlier and pled guilty to the charges in April 2010. One additional defendant will be tried on a later date.
Especially aggravated kidnapping and especially aggravated robbery are both class "A" felonies, each count carrying sentence ranging from 15-60 years imprisonment. Aggravated rape, a class "B" felony, carries a sentence range of 8-30 years imprisonment. Owens is scheduled to be sentenced on September 30th, 2011 in Division Seven of Shelby County Criminal Court.
District Attorney General Amy Weirich and Assistant District Attorney Ray Lepone prosecuted the case.