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Rapper charged with capital murder for SXSW crash

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Rashad Owens Rashad Owens
Steven Craenmehr Steven Craenmehr
Jamie West Jamie West
AUSTIN, Texas -

Austin police say a rapper with a criminal history "intentionally" drove into a crowd at the South by Southwest festival, killing two.

Blood tests show Rashad Owens' blood alcohol level was at .11 at the time of the wreck, over the .08 limit. He is charged with capital murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. His bond is set at $3 million.

The 21-year-old suspect has a lengthy criminal history. It includes a 2010 arrest for criminal trespassing in Killeen, a 2011 conviction for DUI in Alaska and in 2012 he was arrested in Fairbanks for criminal mischief.

The Honda Civic he was driving at the time of the deadly crash had been reported stolen out of Killeen.

Austin police said officers tried to pull Owens over at a gas station near Interstate 35 for suspected drunken driving, but he drove off. He crashed through festival barricades and mowed down more than two dozen people on Red River Street.

He killed 35-year-old Steven Craenmehr, an employee of Massive Music and native of the Netherlands. Austin resident Jamie West was also killed. Several other victims have critical injuries and may not survive.

A young couple from Fort Worth is still being treated in Austin. Doctors removed a neck brace from Curtisha Davis. Her aunt's said she broke her leg and had to have stitches but is feeling better.  Curtisha's boyfriend Deandre Tatum remains in a medically induced coma.

Police said Owens tried to make a run for it after hitting a taxi and parked van. Officers stopped him with a stun gun.

Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo called Owens' actions intentional.

"For me from his actions, from what I've seen this is an individual that showed no regard for human beings. He plowed through in his attempt to get away," Acevedo said.

Owens had an outstanding warrant out of Alaska for the 2012 criminal mischief arrest. He never showed up for the court hearing and that may be one of the reasons why he fled from officers.

Owens was an aspiring musician. He was supposed to perform at a local club in Austin that night, but never showed up.

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