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The State Of Texas May Seek the Death Penalty for Rashad Owens












Rashad Charjuan Owens, 21, was named the suspect in the fatal DWI crash that killed two people and injured dozens more at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas. The tragedy occurred around 12:30 a.m. on March 13 on Red River Street. Pedestrians packed the street which was closed off to traffic during the festival.

CNN reported Twenty-three others were initially hospitalized, some with multiple internal injuries. Most of the victims are in their 20s, said Dr. Christopher Ziebell, medical director at the University Medical Center Brackenridge emergency department. As of Thursday evening, 15 of the 23 people hospitalized had been released, according to Austin police. Two patients remained in critical condition, three were in serious condition and three others remained hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.


Rashad Owens will be charged with two counts of capital murder and 23 counts of aggravated assault with a vehicle. The capital murder charges means the Travis County District Attorney's office has the option of the death penalty, if they choose to seek it. He has been booked at Travis County Jail.

The question for today is this: Does Rashad Owens deserve the death penalty for his actions?


21 comments:

  1. Why did'nt Ted Kennedy or Billy Martin, get the death penalty for the DWI deaths that they caused, could it be that they were white, and rich?

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  2. This guy is a dumbass though... So the death penalty might not be ideal but he still ran over 23 people and killed 2....

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  3. I mean, shouldn't he be able to get off with probation. It seems it suffers he from a case of Poverty-enza. He didn't know any better.

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    1. Thinking the same thing The Likeable Bitch

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  4. can someone please explain to me why black people always play the race card. he killed 2 people, eye for an eye. you kill someone, now it's your turn to die. i read another article where he has 6 kids and wants to be a rapper. another rapper. right. i work and pay taxes while this guy is drunk driving into a crowd full people. i think he deserves to die. why let him live, let me guess, because he's black. its not the month of feb, its march now.

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    1. Because in Texas a Drunk white kid killed two people and got off with probation. I am not a big fan of the race card but it seems applicable here.

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    2. Capital murder??? I understand he truly f**KED up. But feel he should be charge and sentence to life. But death penalty? No. It's not gonna change the situation, unfortunately.

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    3. I mean what is the difference between death penalty and a life sentence? He is gonna rot in a jail with us working americans paying for his ass. Give him the death penalty now save all of us some money.

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    4. ^ It doesn't save you money- that spot will be filled by someone else.

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    5. As a man who was born and raised in the great Republic of Texas. I say give him a trail and if found guilty, kill em. If you dont like it...dont kill people in Texas.... Period....

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    6. First of all because rich white boys who kill four and injure more are given a palace with a heated pool and no jail time. And for two the cops aggravated the situation by inducing a high speed chase.. and for three most black people have zero trust in the Texas ( or just about any Southern state) so called Peace Officers as for they racially profile. And by the looks of his mug shot he is far from intoxicated to the point that it was worth forcing a high speed chase in a crowded city.. So no , no death penalty.. And I am overly curious as to his actual blood alcohol level.. Bet it equaled two beers.. Oh and before you ream me, I have a precious son at this festival.. and would have been devastated if this happened to him, but would have wanted blood from the cops.. as equal as from the perp.

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  5. Its not that he is black its the fact that it shouldnt be differences made. If u made a mistake that resulted in killing a person would you want them to kill you. I dnt think do... Im sure he wasnt trying and regrets it. Who knows his situation but him. Botton line you cant speak on it unless you have been through it. only God can judge. And he has it all worked out for him

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    1. and maybe God has a needle in the arm worked out for him. If not the state of Texas does. But you are right did not directly affect me so how about we let the 25 families affected judge. There is making a mistake, and then there is running down 25 people over half a mile and then keep going. I do not care what race he is he deserves whatever he gets.

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  6. Only God can judge ? Wrong... God woulda steered him away from that blocked off street. What do you retards think ? Ooops I killed 2 people with my car & injured several more... Is sorry supposed to be ok ? He deserves whatever he gets & if you try to defend his actions, feel free to go with him...

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  7. So if you live in Texas be white and rich if you want to drink and drive. I could be the difference between probation or the death penalty.

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    1. Yeah pretty much.. In texas the reason they stopped him was racial.

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  8. Capital murder??? I understand he truly f**KED up. But feel he should be charge and sentence to life. But death penalty? No. It's not gonna change the situation, unfortunately.

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  9. Drink more then drive. Turn up turn up :-)

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  10. I won't say racist. It's just strange that of all them white people that were there how in the hell a black guy with dreads of course gets stopped at a gas station? Who gets stopped at a gas station?

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    1. Because he was driving drunk. The cop couldn't tell what race he was when he instigated the stop.

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