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Grand Jury Indicts Three Men in Murder of ASU Football Player Markel Owens

Arkansas State University student Markel Owens died in his hometown of Jackson, Tenn. after being shot in January.
JACKSON, TN (News release) - Derrick and Johnny Wade were charged within days of the crime. Ongoing investigation leads to the identification and indictment of third man, Craig Taylor. Taylor is also charged and held for a 2012 homicide

Jackson police presented evidence to the Madison County grand jury on Monday, which lead to the indictments of three men in the January murders of Markel Owens, 21, Johnny Shivers, 36, and attempted murder of Chermaine Owens-Shivers in a home invasion on Walker Road.

Johnny Wade and Derrick Wade, both of Jackson, and Craig Taylor, of Madison County, were all indicted on charges of first-degree murder and felony murder in the deaths of Owens and Shivers and especially aggravated robbery. They were also indicted for the attempted first-degree murder of Shiver's wife and aggravated assault on their 16-year-old son.

On Jan. 15 around 9:30 p.m., police were called to a duplex at 770 Walker Road. Chermaine Owens-Shivers was lying in the front yard with a gunshot wound. Markel Owens and Johnny Shivers were found with gunshot wounds inside the apartment. Shivers was apparently dead at the scene. Owens was transported to Jackson-Madison County General Hospital and pronounced dead.

Investigators learned that Shivers and his 16-year-old son were arriving home when they were rushed by two masked men and forced inside the apartment. Investigators determined that cousins, Derrick Wade, 22, and Johnny Wade, 20, were the masked men. They were armed with handguns and demanded money. Owens and his mother, Owens-Shivers, were inside the apartment at the time.

Owens helped his stepfather, Shivers, and began fighting one of the men. Shivers and Owens were both shot during the struggle. One of the gunmen then shot Owens-Shivers. The robbers got away with a large amount of cash.

Police believe Shivers was specifically targeted because police discovered a large amount of marijuana inside the apartment. Investigators believe the robbers had prior knowledge of the drugs, cash or both that was inside the apartment.

Derrick Wade was arrested Jan. 16 in Memphis, and Johnny Wade was arrested Jan. 18 in Ripley. Both men were ordered held with no bond. Johnny Wade remains in custody at the Madison County Jail.

Derrick Wade was on six years' probation for a 2010 aggravated burglary and theft in Jackson. Following a March 13 probation revocation hearing, Wade's probation was revoked, and he was transferred from the Madison County Jail to the Tennessee Department of Correction to serve his six-year sentence.

Investigators continued to investigate the case and determined that the Wades were assisted by Craig Taylor, 21. The investigation has revealed that Taylor waited outside while the Wades did the home invasion. Taylor then drove the Wades away from the scene.

Taylor has been in custody at the Madison County Jail since his April 29 arrest for the November 2012 shooting death of Devon Staten. In April, forensic evidence aided investigators in determining that Taylor had shot and killed Staten, 24, in an attempted robbery on Lealand Lane.

Taylor has been ordered held with no bond at the Madison County Jail for Staten's homicide, and he awaits a preliminary hearing in Jackson City Court in that case.

Johnny Wade and Craig Taylor are scheduled to be arraigned next Monday in Madison County Circuit Court on the indictments.

Derrick Wade will have to be transferred from the West Tennessee State Penitentiary in Henning to Jackson for his arraignment. It's unknown when he will be arraigned in Circuit Court.

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