Donovan Owens, Rocky River Shooting Suspect, Claims Self-Defense

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Donovan Owens, the 21-year-old Cleveland man accused of shooting two men (one fatally) in Rocky River, pursued the claim of self-defense in court.

The prosecution didn't buy it.

The PD's Michael McIntyre writes: "Prosecutors were not swayed by a defense lawyer's argument that Donovan Owens killed in self defense while in his own vehicle and should be shielded by Ohio's "Castle Doctrine" law."

Shortly after the shooting, Rocky River Police Chief Kelly Stillman said that the shooting came after what appeared to be either an argument or a "falling out" among the men involved.


We first caught up with the story as it happened and, shortly thereafter, when Owens turned himself into police:

Following this week's Rocky River drive-by shooting (What?), a 21-year-old Cleveland man has turned himself in to police, WKYC reports. Police Chief Kelly Stillman calls the incident a "falling out" among criminals. One man was killed during the shooting; another man was sent to the hospital with gunshot wounds. After this first murder in the city since 1998, Stillman says: "There is not a magic bubble over the city of Rocky River. We are susceptible to crime like any other community. It happened here. It will happen somewhere else tomorrow. Everyone in Rocky River should feel safe."

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Eric Sandy

Eric Sandy is an award-winning Cleveland-based journalist. For a while, he was the managing editor of Scene. He now contributes jam band features every now and then.
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