20 Charges Added in South by Southwest Fatal Crash
Austin PD Mugshot of 21-year-old Rashad Jones
AUSTIN, TX - A driver already charged with murder is now facing 20 new charges of aggravated assault after he plowed into a crowd during the South by Southwest music festival in Austin last month.
According to an arrest report, police say 21-year-old Rashad Owens accelerated through a crowd, killing four people and leaving 17 injured. He has already been charged with one count of capital murder in the March 13th incident.
Police say Owens was fleeing a patrolman and driving down a street that was closed for the music festival when the crash happened; each new charge is punishable by 99 years in prison.
Owens is in jail with bail set at $3 million.
No new murder charges were listed but more could be added later.