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Update on Incident at 10400 Burden at Parker Road

June 30, 2005 -- A suspect has been arrested in the death of a man found at 10400 Burden at Parker Road about 9:45 a.m. on Monday, June 27, 2005.

The suspect, Lowell Kent Stevens (w/m DOB: 3-10-59), has been arrested and charged with capital murder in the 177th State District Court.

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant C. Elliott and Officer J. Sosa reported:

The victim was discovered lying on his back in a ditch at Burden at Parker Road by city workers cleaning the storm drainage system. The Houston Fire Department and Houston Police Department responded and determined the victim was deceased. No identification was found on the victim and police observed minor contusions on his face.

On Tuesday (June 28), witnesses came forward and identified the victim as Gary Lee Owens, 54, address unknown. The Harris County Medical Examiner ruled Owens died of blunt force trauma to the head. Witnesses stated they observed Stevens assaulting Owens. A short time later, he was seen with Owens' property. Following the arrest, officers found Owens' property in Stevens' possession.

Updated: MES/JFC

For additional information, please contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.