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Jury views site of slaying before Owens’ trial starts

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Devan Owens is charged with aggravated murder and aggravated burglary, each with a gun specification.

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Standing in front of 1210 Rockcress Drive Monday, a Lucas County Common Pleas Court jury viewed doors and windows and neighboring houses in preparation for the testimony scheduled to begin today in the aggravated murder case of Devan Owens.

Mr. Owens, 22, is charged with aggravated murder and aggravated burglary, each with a gun specification. He is accused of killing Romeo Alexander, 24, shot to death Dec. 16, 2009, outside his mother’s Rockcress Drive home in southwest Toledo. If convicted, he faces up to life in prison.

Monday, a jury of seven women and five men were driven past the home of Mr. Owens’ mother off Airport Highway and then taken to where the shooting occurred.

Jurors were asked to take note of the distance between windows of neighboring homes and the front yard of 1210 Rockcress Drive as well as to pay attention to the small front yard of the modest, two-story home. The jury then took a short walk around the corner to a nearby apartment building where they were again instructed to take note of distances and the line of sight available.

At the time of the incident, authorities said Mr. Alexander was upstairs at his mother’s home when an intruder kicked open the door. A fight ensued between Mr. Alexander and the intruder that eventually moved outdoors, where the victim was shot twice with a handgun, police said.

The jury will return Tuesday to hear open statements from lawyers and the first of the state’s witnesses.

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