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Texas Man Accused Of Killing His Grandmother After Verbal Dispute Turned Violent, Police Say

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Source: Austin Police Department; UNSPLASH

Jul. 29 2022, Published 1:03 p.m. ET

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A Texas man is under arrest after his mother phoned police to report he may have harmed his grandmother after an altercation between the two was caught on camera, authorities said.

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Shortly after 9 p.m. on July 22, the woman phoned 911 because a friend called and told her about hearing a dispute between her son, Kenneth Charles Owens Jr., 27, and his grandmother, her mother, 78-year-old Yong Dennerly, at their home in Austin, an arrest affidavit obtained by KEYE-TV states.

When officers responded to the residence, the home was quiet.

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The caller, who was not home at the time, again phoned 911 just before 10 p.m. and reported she believed her son may have harmed the elderly woman after watching footage from a camera that she had set up in the home’s living room, the affidavit states.

According to police, on video, the woman saw her son walk away from his grandmother’s bedroom and heard him yell, ‘Get out of my way b---h,” the affidavit states.

Officers returned to the home and broke inside with the caller’s permission and found Dennerly dead on the hallway floor near her bedroom, police said.

According to authorities, it appeared the grandmother died from blunt force trauma to her head.

Owens fled the scene but was arrested and booked into the Travis County jail on July 24 on a charge of first-degree murder.

He was being held on $500,000 bond.


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