Owens hearing rescheduled for November

Natalie Sullivan

The preliminary hearing for Rashad Owens, who drove through a barrier and killed four people at the South By Southwest festival last March, was rescheduled for Nov. 3, according to Judge Clifford Brown of the 147th Travis County Criminal District Court. 

Owens and his attorney failed to appear at the scheduled hearing at the Blackwell-Thurman Criminal Justice Center on Monday, so the date was rescheduled. This is the fifth time court dates for Owens have been pushed back since he was arrested in March. 

Owens was charged with capital murder after driving while drunk through a barrier on Red River Street during the South By Southwest festival in March, killing four people and injuring 20 others. 

Owens was originally scheduled to appear in court April 9 before his trial, but a number of no-shows and requests by his attorney, Rickey Jones, have pushed the pretrial hearing back to 9 a.m. on Nov. 3.

The charges against Owens include capital murder, four counts of felony murder and 24 counts of aggravated assault. Bond was set at $5.5 million.