SXSW crash suspect faces 20 new charges

By: Matt McGovern Email
By: Matt McGovern Email
Travis county jail information now lists 20 new charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for Rashad Owens.

Rashad Owens

AUSTIN, TX (KXAN) - The driver arrested for in the deadly crash during South by Southwest that killed four people faces more charges.

Travis county jail information now lists 20 new charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for Rashad Owens. At the time of the crash, Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo said prosecutors would pursue capital murder charges for each of the deaths as well.

Owens, 21, remains in police custody after a district court judge set his bail at $3 million.

After being treated and released for minor injuries sustained in the crash, Owens agreed to a breath test. It showed his blood-alcohol content as .114, according an arrest affidavit. The legal limit in Texas in .08.

A fourth victim, DeAndre Tatum, died Thursday from injuries he sustained after Owens’ car plowed through a crowd of people waiting for a South by Southwest concert earlier this month. The crash killed three others and injured dozens more.

Tatum, 18, had been in critical condition since the crash on March 13.

His girlfriend, 19-year-old Curtisha Davis, also suffered critical injuries including broken bones and a neck injury in the crash. She was released from the hospital March 18.

Sandy Le, 26, Jamie West, 27, and Steven Craenmehr, 35, were also killed in the crash.


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