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Prince George's Police Officer Michael Owen Indicted for Second Degree Murder

UPPER MARLBORO, MD – Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Aisha Braveboy announced today that a Prince George’s County police officer, Corporal Michael Owen, has been indicted for second degree murder, misconduct in office and related charges. "From the onset of the investigation into this incident, my office worked collaboratively with the police department, but also conducted an independent investigation into the facts of the incident,” said State’s Braveboy. "Today, we presented our evidence to a grand jury, and the grand jury returned an indictment charging Corporal Owen with second degree murder, manslaughter, first degree assault, use of a handgun and misconduct in office.." On January 27, 2020, Corporal Owen, along with another Prince George’s County police officer, responded to a call for service in Temple Hills for a traffic accident, where they came into contact with William Green. At some point during the traffic stop, Green was arrested, handcuffed and seated in the front passenger seat of Owen’s cruiser. Ultimately, Green was shot multiple times and subsequently transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

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