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Tennessee police make second arrest in ASU player's death

By Christina Huynh

This article was originally published January 18, 2014 at 1:37 p.m. Updated January 18, 2014 at 1:53 p.m.


ASU Football Player Markel Owens

ASU Football Player Markel Owens

Tennessee police have made a second arrest on Saturday morning in the death of an Arkansas State University football player, Sgt. Chris Chestnut with the Jackson Police Department said.

Chestnut told Arkansas Online that Johnny Wade, 19, of Jackson, was arrested about 6 a.m. Saturday at a Lauderdale County residence. The U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Task Force, Lauderdale County Sheriff's Office and the Jackson Police Department were involved in the arrest, Chestnut said.

Wade faces the same charges as Derrick Wade, 22, of Jackson, according to Chestnut. Those charges are two counts of murder in the deaths of Markel Owens and his stepfather Johnny Shivers. They also face charges of aggravated robbery, attempted first-degree murder, aggravated assault and tampering with evidence, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported.

Owens, 21, was pronounced dead Wednesday night at Jackson-Madison County Memorial Hospital after he was shot inside his mother's duplex in Jackson, Tennessee. Police said a fight broke out inside the home after two masked men rushed Shivers as he was arriving at the residence and forced him inside. Owens became involved in the fight and was shot.

Both Johnny and Derrick Wade are being held at Madison County jail, Chestnut said. He said that a judge ordered Derrick to be held with no bond and that Johnny will be arraigned Tuesday morning.

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