Duane Owen was sentenced to death by the State of Florida for the sexual assault and murders of two women in two separate attacks. According to court documents Duane Owen would sexually assault and murder teenager Karen Slattery in March 1984 and would sexually assault and murder Georgianna Worden on May 29, 1984. Duane Owen would be arrested, convicted and sentenced to death
Duane Owen 2021 Information
|Name:||OWEN, DUANE E|
|Initial Receipt Date:||03/19/1986|
|Current Facility:||UNION C.I.|
|Current Release Date:||DEATH SENTENCE|
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Attorneys for a man convicted of two heinous murders in the 1980s and sentenced to death are fighting to save his life.
“Duane Owen is nothing more than a cowardly, misogynistic bully who preys on people he knows he can overcome,” the state argued before a judge inside a Palm Beach County courtroom on Monday.
Decades after juries convicted him and judges sentenced him to death for two murders in Boca Raton and Delray Beach, Duane Owen wants to get off of death row.
Attorneys are trying to now use a 2016 U.S. Supreme Court and Florida Supreme Court ruling to vacate Owen’s death sentence for the gruesome rape and murders of 14-year-old babysitter Karen Slattery and 38 year-old single mother Georgianna Worden.
Owen’s attorney argues juries in both cases were split 10-2 when recommending death for Owen and the judges had the final say. Florida law now requires a unanimous verdict for the death penalty.
“At the end of the day, Mr. Owens was denied his rights in both cases,” attorney James Driscoll argued. “We would ask for the court to grant relief in both cases.”
“It disgusts me, that’s how I feel. It disgusts me to think that we have to go there,” said Jane Smith, who was one of Slattery’s teachers. “Just pray for the family. It’s been a heartache. You can’t bring her back if you execute him but there’s got to be closure, somewhere.”
The judge didn’t indicate when he’ll rule or how long it could take.