An East Palo Alto man who is accused of killing a man and shooting another in the legs in two separate incidents pleaded not guilty on Thursday in San Mateo County Superior Court.
Freeman Owens III, 31, allegedly shot and killed 27-year-old Mark Anthony Jack on July 18, 2015, after an argument outside the Light Tree Apartments at 1805 E. Bayshore Road in East Palo Alto during an arguments over a woman. He was found on the apartment lawn, the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office said. Owens allegedly shot Jack six times. He fled the scene and the victim was transported to a hospital where he died.
Owens was also identified as the alleged shooter of another man at the apartments, Mario Taylor, after the two men argued while playing cards. Owens allegedly shot Taylor twice, once in each leg, on April 25, 2015. Owens fled the scene. Taylor was taken to a hospital and survived, district attorney's officials said. Owens was not identified as the shooter until months later while police were investigating Jack's murder. A grand jury indicted him.
The 31-year-old man is charged with murder, attempted murder, use of a gun causing great bodily injury or death, assault with a deadly weapon, being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, use of an assault weapon and infliction of great bodily harm.
A pretrial conference is set on Jan. 23, with a jury trial on April 16. Owens is in custody on $25 million bail.