Local News

January 28, 2013

Murder trial set for April 19

Owens charged with killing grandmother

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — A Laurel man charged with beating, stabbing and then shooting his elderly grandmother is set for a jury trial this spring.

Jeremy Owens, 33, is charged with the July 27, 2011 murder of his 74-year-old grandmother, Bernice Champlin. His trial is set for April 19.

Laurel County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the scene of a domestic dispute on Queen Road in the Lily community. While en route to the scene, however, they received another call that a shooting had taken place.

On arrival at the residence just off Slate Ridge Road, police were informed the shooter — Jeremy Owens — was still inside the home and was refusing to come out. Cautiously posted around the premises, deputies and detectives waited while Sheriff John Root called Owens’ cell phone number provided by one of the family members and tried to talk him into surrendering. After nearly 10 minutes of talking, Owens agreed and was taken into custody without further incident.

Inside the house was a different matter.

Champlin’s body lay in the hallway of the home that she shared with the grandson who had just taken her life. She was bruised and bleeding from wounds from the beating, stabbing and shooting. A knife and a pistol lay nearby, although autopsy reports indicated that the gunshot wound to her head is what ended her life.

Owens has been held in the Laurel County Detention Center since his arrest under a $250,000 bond.

Text Only
Local News
AP Video
Raw: Greeks Celebrate Easter With "Rocket War" Police Question Captain, Crew on Ferry Disaster Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite Ceremony Marks 19th Anniversary of OKC Bombing Raw: Four French Journalists Freed From Syria Raw: Massive 7.2 Earthquake Rocks Mexico Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Raw: Faithful Celebrate Good Friday Worldwide Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide

How do you celebrate Easter?

A. Celebrate with the fellowship at church.
B. Have a meal with friends and family.
C. Egg hunts with the kids.
D. All of the above.
     View Results