JACKSON, Tenn. (KTHV) - Jackson police have charged a man in the Wednesday night murders of Arkansas State University football player Markel Owens, 21, Johnny Shivers, 36, and attempted murder of Chermaine Owens in a home invasion robbery on Walker Road in Jackson, TN.
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Derrick Wade, 22, of Jackson, is charged with two counts of felony murder of Markel Owens and Johnny Shivers, especially aggravated robbery of Shivers, attempted first degree murder of Chermaine Owens, aggravated assault of a 16-year-old male and tampering with evidence.
Wade is in custody at the Madison County Jail. The Jackson City Court Judge will review Wade's charges and determine a bond amount on Saturday morning. Based on the charges, the judge may order Wade held with no bond.
Wade is scheduled to be formally arraigned via video link at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21 in Jackson City Court.
Around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, police were called to a duplex at 770 Walker Road. Chermaine Owens was lying in the front yard with a gunshot wound. Markel Owens and Johnny Shivers were found with gunshot wounds inside the apartment. Shivers was apparently deceased on the scene. Owens was transported to Jackson-Madison County General Hospital and pronounced dead.
Investigators learned that Shivers and his 16-year-old son were arriving home when they were rushed by two masked men and forced inside the apartment. The suspects were armed with handguns and demanded money. Markel Owens and his mother, Chermaine Owens, were inside the apartment at the time. Markel Owens helped his stepfather, Shivers, and began fighting one of the men. Shivers and Owens were both shot during the struggle. One of the gunmen also shot Chermaine Owens. The robbers got away with a large amount of cash.
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Chermaine Owens was treated and released from Jackson-Madison County General Hospital.
Police believe Shivers was specifically targeted because police discovered a large amount of marijuana inside the apartment. Investigators believe the robbers had prior knowledge of the drugs, cash or both that was inside the apartment.
During the ongoing investigation, police learned that one of the armed intruders was shot in the thigh during the struggle and needed medical attention. The investigation has determined that Wade was the injured man. Wednesday night, Wade was taken by private vehicle from Jackson to the Regional Medical Center at Memphis where he was treated and released.
Jackson investigators went to Memphis to follow up on a lead. With the assistance of Memphis police, Jackson investigators found Wade at a relative's house around 6:30 p.m. Thursday.
Investigators also recovered a handgun from the house. Jackson police transported Wade back to Jackson for questioning. Further investigation revealed that Wade was involved in the home invasion.
Investigators have developed a person of interest as the second gunman and are in search of him. The investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Jackson Police Department's Major Crimes Bureau at 731-425-8400 or Crime Stoppers at 731-424-8477 (TIPS). Submit a cyber tip at jmcrimestoppers.org and click on "web tips".