An East Palo Alto resident was found guilty on Wednesday for killing one man and injuring another after arguments in separate instances at an apartment complex four years ago, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.
After three days of deliberations, the jury returned with all guilty verdicts against Freeman Owens III, 34, following a 12-day trial for two shootings in 2015. The charges were one count of second-degree murder, two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm and one count of assault with a semi-automatic firearm, prosecutors said.
The murder case stemmed from a July 18, 2015 encounter outside of the Light Tree Apartments at 1805 E. Bayshore Road, where he fired six shots at 27-year-old Mark Anthony Jack. Testimony at the trial indicated that Owens had romantic relations with a woman while her husband, Jack's best friend, was in custody in Santa Clara County, according to Assistant District Attorney Sean Gallagher. Jack expressed disapproval over Owen's relationship with the woman, which escalated into an argument and shooting.
Owens fled the scene and investigators were unable to find the handgun used in the shooting, prosecutors said.
Jack was found on an apartment lawn and taken to a hospital where he succumbed to his injuries, according to the District Attorney's Office.
Owens was also charged for an April 25, 2015 shooting at a friend's apartment at the Light Tree complex, where he ended up in an argument with Mario Taylor while playing dice. Owens believed Taylor had "disrespected him" and shot him twice, once in each leg, before leaving the scene, Gallagher said. Taylor was transported to a hospital for treatment and survived.
Detectives looking into the shootings didn't identify Owens as the shooter until months after the fact. He was indicted by a grand jury and placed under San Mateo County's custody after he was convicted in San Joaquin County of several armed robberies, for which he was sentenced to 15 years in prison, Gallagher said.
Owens, who remains in custody on $25 million bail, is scheduled for sentencing on Dec. 20. He faces up to 92 years to life in prison for the two shootings, according to Gallagher