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SXSW vehicular accident suspect Rashad Owens’ trial on schedule

Twenty-three-year-old Rashad Owens’ legal counsel said they had filed final requests for evidence on Thursday, October 15 and that they are ready for the trial that is scheduled to commence by the end of the month.

Owens was arrested after the deadly crash that claimed four lives during the South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas in March of 2014. He pleaded not guilty to the charges of capital murder and four counts of murder in September before Travis County State District Judge Cliff Brown.

The court appearance serves as Owens’ last hearing before jury selection is set to begin on Monday, October 26. The search for jurors is expected to include four panels of more than seventy people each as lawyers work to round up twelve individuals to serve on the jury.

Defense attorneys will focus on exploring Owens’ mental state at the time of the accident, and are expected to argue that when he swerved to avoid a parked car before colliding with the pedestrians, he was taking measures to avoid a potentially deadly wreck.

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