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Woman Charged with Second-Degree Murder After Allegedly Shooting Man, Hiding Body in Refrigerator

Charina Jeanette Owen

An Oregon woman is accused of killing a man, then hiding his body in a refrigerator.

Charina Jeanette Owen, 36, faces charges of second-degree murder, felon in possession of a firearm, unlawful use of weapon, and abuse of corpse in the second degree, said the Jefferson County Oregon Sheriff’s Office on Friday.

This arrest has been in the works for a while. Deputies announced weeks ago that they got a call, leading them to the discovery of “something suspicious” on a property only featuring a half-buried old potato cellar, according KTVZ. Jefferson County Sheriff Jim Adkins didn’t share many details at the time, saying investigators didn’t want to tip off witnesses or possible suspects about what authorities knew.

From deputies:

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office would like to thank the member agencies of the Central Oregon Major Incident Team, including the Oregon State Police, Oregon State Police Crime Lab, Crook County Sheriff’s Office, Bend Police Department, Redmond Police Department, and Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office for their significant support and contribution in this month long investigation.

Chief Deputy District Attorney Brentley Foster still wants to keep things mum, and filed for a motion to seal the 18-page probable cause affidavit, according to KTVZ. The judge granted the request. The stated reasoning is that publicizing it could hurt the investigation.

Owen appeared in court on Friday. The local news outlet described as “very emotional” and crying through the brief appearance. The defendant corrected the judge, who initially referred her as “Mathews,” but Owen said that was her ex-husband’s last name.

Owen’s attorney of record did not immediately respond to a Law&Crime request for comment.

[Mugshot via Jefferson County Oregon Sheriff]

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