Judge wants trial for SXSW crash suspect Rashad Owens by November

Wynne Davis

Travis County district court judge Cliff Brown said Friday he wants to try the murder and aggravated assault cases against Rashad Owens by November.


Owens, the suspect in the deadly car crash that killed four South by Southwest attendees, has been charged with capital murder and 24 counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Owens made a brief appearance in court Friday, but did not speak on his own behalf.


Owens’ defense attorney, Rickey Jones, did not immediately return a request for comment.


To ensure the case meets the projected November deadline, Brown said he would like both Jones and the prosecutor for Owens to appear in court every 45 days leading up to the trial.


A specific date has not been set for the trial, but Brown set Owens’ next hearing for Feb. 23.


Court Coordinator Jeanette Deleon said a meeting between Jones and the prosecutor will likely take place to discuss case information before the hearing.