Suspect involved in Austin festival crash faces more new charges.
The suspect who drove and crashed into a crown in downtown Austin is now facing multiple new charges.
Prosecutors arrested Rashad Owens, 21-years-old, at the scene of the crime after crashing into a crowd, killing 2 at the scene and 2 others would would succumb to injuries. On Tuesday, Owens was charged on 20 different charges of assault with a deadly weapon. Owen's most serious charges is capital murder for the now 4 total deaths. “The state wants to cover all their bases and make sure they can prove this case any number of ways and he’d still get prison,” said attorney Mindy Montford.
The paperwork on those 20 charges of aggravated assault say 15 of the victims were standing in the street in the 900 block of Red River.
A block later, a couple was hit at 10th and Red River. One of them thrown 15 feet.
The final three charges came at 11th and Red River where everything ended. A taxi cab driver and his passenger were hurt, along with Evan West, who was on a motorcycle with his wife, Jaime. She was killed.
Each assault charge could carry up to a 20 year sentence. Capital murder would be life in prison no parole.
Montford says some people around the courthouse don’t agree with that charge.
“They think capital murder may be an overcharge by the state,” she said.
Montford says proving capital murder as opposed to 1st degree murder requires very specific elements on intent. And with a thick stack of charges, Montford says the state may not need a capital charge to put Owens away forever.
“Some people think life might be sufficient,” she said, “and why go for capital?”
A capital conviction would only be necessary if the state wants the death penalty, and that decision has not yet been made.
Owens remains in police custody after a district court judge set his bail at $3 million.