, Corbin, KY

March 25, 2013

Plea deal reached in grandmother slaying

The Times-Tribune

CORBIN — By John L. Ross / Staff Writer

A plea agreement has been reached in the case of a Lily man charged in the slaying of his grandmother.

Jeremy Owens, 33, appeared before Judge Tom Jensen in Laurel County Circuit Court Friday with his defense attorney, Ken Sizemore.

Owens stands accused in the murder of his grandmother, 74-year-old Bernice Champlin.

Autopsy reports state she received multiple stab wounds, was severely beaten in her face, and received a gunshot wound to her head. She was discovered by deputies in the hallway of her home.

Owens resided with Champlin when she was slain. Laurel County Sheriff John Root said when deputies arrived at Champlin’s Queen Road residence July 27, 2011, the defendant’s brother, Josh Owens, reported Jeremy Owens was barricaded inside the house, armed with a gun.

Root said he contacted the defendant via telephone, urging him to surrender. Jeremy Owens complied and was arrested on the front porch of his grandmother’s home.

During questioning, Owens admitted he got into a verbal argument with Champlin, which led to her murder.

According to the Laurel County Circuit Clerk’s office, Owens will be sentenced April 19. He was indicted for her murder on Sept. 16, 2011, and pleaded not guilty Aug. 2 that year.

He was remanded back into custody at the Laurel County Correctional Center under a $250,000 cash bond.