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Third man indicted in murder of ASU football player

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Derrick Wade (Source: Jackson Police Department) Derrick Wade (Source: Jackson Police Department)
Johnny Wade (Source: Jackson Police Department) Johnny Wade (Source: Jackson Police Department)
Craig Taylor (Source: Jackson Police Department) Craig Taylor (Source: Jackson Police Department)

JACKSON, TN  (KAIT) – A third man was indicted by the Madison County grand jury Monday in the death of Markel Owens and Johnny Shivers, according to the Jackson County Police Department.

According to a news release, Craig Taylor, 21, of Madison County, drove Derrick Wade and Johnny Wade to the duplex where Owens lived with his mother on January 15, 2014. According to police, Taylor was the getaway driver for Derrick and Johnny Wade.

Taylor was indicted as he was sitting in jail. He was already in jail on charges in connection to the shooting death of a man in 2012. He was arrested in April, charged with shooting and killing a man during an attempted robbery.

According to investigators, Taylor drove the Wades to the duplex, where they broke into the home of Chermaine Owens-Shivers as her husband and his son were walking inside. Both Derrick and Johnny were wearing masks. Markel Owens helped his stepfather and was shot during the struggle.

Both suspects got away with a large amount of cash. Police believed the men targeted Shivers. Officers discovered a large amount of marijuana inside the apartment.

Derrick Wade was taken into custody January 16th in Memphis, while Johnny Wade was arrested January 18th in Ripley. Derrick Wade was on a six year probation for aggravated burglary and theft at the time of the shooting. His probation was revoked, and he was then sentenced to six years in prison.

Taylor was ordered to be held without bond for the 2010 murder. He's currently awaiting a preliminary hearing.

Markel Owens was a student athlete at Arkansas State University, and the police chief of the Jackson Police Department said Owens' actions on the night of the shooting were heroic. Police said Owens saved his mother's life.

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