Ripley, TN - The accused murderer of
Arkansas State Football player Markel Owens was arrested in the early
morning hours of Saturday by the U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive
Johnny Wade was wanted for the murder of Owens and Johnny Shivers. This
crime occurred on January 15 in Jackson Tenn. He was tracked to the area of
the 270 block of Webb Avenue in Ripley Tenn. Once on scene task force
members surrounded the house, working in conjunction with the Ripley Police
Department. Wade was found inside the house and was taken into custody.
Also found on scene were two handguns, which were seized by Ripley Police. A
Craig Taylor was also arrested at the scene. Taylor was wanted for
questioning in an unrelated murder that occurred in Jackson TN in 2013.
The U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force is a
multi-agency task force with divisions in Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi
and Louisiana. The Western Tennessee Division of the GCRFTF has offices in
Memphis and Jackson, and its membership is primarily composed of Deputy U.S.
Marshals, Shelby County Sheriff’s Deputies, Memphis Police Officers, Madison
County Sheriff’s Deputies, Jackson Police Officers, and the Tennessee
Department of Corrections Special Agents. The primary mission of the Task
Force is to arrest violent offenders and sexual predators.
information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at
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