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Roy Owens indicted for murder in ex-girlfriend's killing

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    Roy Owens appears in court in July

    BRUCE BISHOP / CHRONICLE FILE

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ELYRIA — A man accused of murdering his ex-girlfriend was indicted by a Lorain County grand jury last week.

According to the indictment, which was filed Thursday, Roy Owens Jr., 56, faces two counts of murder, one count of aggravated murder, two counts of felonious assault, one count of tampering with evidence and one count of abuse of a corpse.

Owens’ attorney, Doug Merrill, declined comment.

Owens is accused of killing his ex-girlfriend, Linnea Satterfield, in July.

At the time, police found blood and signs of a struggle in Owens’ Charles Court home in Elyria after Satterfield’s sister, Michele Plumley, called police to report her missing.

Later that week, Darke County sheriff deputies in southwestern Ohio received a call about an impaired driver and when they arrived, they found the car Owens was believed to be driving in a ditch.

Deputies said Owens was outside of the vehicle in his underwear and socks and held a knife to his wrists and throat, even though it was dull and wasn’t able to cause significant injuries.

He was taken into custody and Satterfield’s body was found in the car. Owens was taken back to Lorain County.

He was initially scheduled to appear in Elyria Municipal Court on Sept. 27 for a competency hearing but because of the county indictment, the hearing was canceled.

Owens remains in Lorain County Jail on $9.5 million bond.

Contact Katie Nix at 329-7129 or knix@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter @KatieHNix.



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