SXSW crash suspect indicted by grand jury


Julia Brouillette

A Travis County grand jury on Monday indicted Rashad Charjuan Owens, the driver charged in the crash during South By Southwest that killed four people and left more than 20 injured. Owens was indicted for one count of capital murder, four counts of felony murder and 24 counts of aggravated assault, according to the district clerk's office.

Owens, 21, who has not made a public appearance since his arrest shorty after the wreck, initially faced one count of capital murder and 24 counts of aggravated assault.

Police say Owens was driving while intoxicated when he fled police and drove a stolen car through a crowd of people on Red River Street on March 13. Police filed the charge of capital murder after Jamie West, 27, and Steven Craenmehr, 35, died at the scene. Deandre Tatum, 18, and Sandy Le, 26, died in the two weeks following the crash.

Owens remains in Travis County Jail with bail set at $5.5 million. His next pretrial hearing is scheduled for June 3.