Arrest Made in Murder of A-State Football Player, Stepfather

JACKSON, AR -- Jackson Police have made an arrest for the murder of Arkansas State football player Markel Owens and his stepfather, Johnny Shivers.

Derrick Wade, 22, of Jackson, was taken into custody and has been charged with two counts of felony murder, attempted murder of Chermaine Owens (Owens' mother), aggravated robbery of Shivers and aggravated assault of Shivers' 16-year-old son.

Wade is being held at Madison County Jail awaiting a bond hearing Saturday morning and will be formally arraigned via video link Tuesday morning at 8.

Police responded to the residence on Walker Road around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, where they found Chermaine Owens lying in the front yard with a gunshot wound.

Upon entering the residence they found Owens and Shivers inside with gunshot wounds. Shivers was pronounced dead at the scene, and Owens was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. Owens' mother was treated and released from the hospital.

Investigators learned Shivers was returning home when he and his son was rushed inside the apartment by two masked men. Owens and his mother were inside the apartment.

The two men then demanded money. At that time, a struggle ensued, and Owens joined in the struggle with Shivers, in which they were both shot.

One of the gunmen then shot the woman and the two fled with a large amount of cash. Law enforcement officials believe Shivers was targeted, and the robbers had knowledge of the large amount of cash as well as marijuana at the residence.

Law enforcement officials were led to Wade during their investigation when they learned one of the gunmen was shot in the leg during the struggle and was taken to Regional Medical Center in Memphis by private vehicle. He was treated and released.

After following up on that lead in Memphis, investigators found Wade at a relative's house around 6:30 p.m. Thursday. They recovered a handgun at the house and transported Wade back to Jackson for questioning.

After interviewing him, it was determined that he was involved in the home invasion and was subsequently placed under arrest.

A second person of interest has been developed in this case, and the investigation is continuing.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Jackson Police Department's Major Crimes Bureau at 731-425-8400 or Crime Stoppers at 731-424-8477 (TIPS). Submit a cyber tip at and click on “web tips.”

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