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Man arrested over fatal SXSW car crash pleads not guilty to murder

By | Published on Friday 25 September 2015


The man accused of murder in relation to the car crash incident that killed four people at the 2014 edition of the South By South West festival in Austin, Texas yesterday entered a not guilty plea as his trial approaches.

Rashad Owens is accused of being intoxicated when he drove his car into a crowd of people at SXSW last year, killing four and injuring more than 20 others. He is also accused of driving down a street which was closed at the time while fleeing from police.

He faces one court of capital murder and four counts of murder, plus 24 counts of aggravated assault. Following a brief appearance in Travis County District Court yesterday, Owens will now reappear for a final pre-trial hearing on 15 Oct, with jury selection for his trial then set to begin on 26 Oct.