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For Immediate Release

January 18, 2014 Seth Bruce, Deputy U.S. Marshal - Memphis, TN (901) 573-8177
Alleged Murderer of Arkansas State Football Player Arrested by U.S. Marshals Task Force

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 Task Force.

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.

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