RadioOnFire.com – A Maryland police officer was indicted Thursday on a second-degree murder charge in the shooting death of a man handcuffed inside a patrol car, a prosecutor said.
Prince George’s Police Officer Michael A. Owen Jr., 31, has been jailed without bond since the January shooting death of William Green, 43. Owen’s attorney, Thomas C. Mooney, has said authorities pressed the second-degree murder charge after a “rushed” investigation, The Washington Post reported.
“Today’s grand jury indictment gives the family hope that justice will prevail when Defendant Owen is brought to trial,” Green family attorney William “Billy” Murphy Jr. said in a statement. “We applaud State’s Attorney Aisha Braveboy and her team for their thorough investigation which we hope will lead to a verdict of guilty.”
Owen was investigating a traffic crash in Temple Hills and had placed the handcuffed Green into the front passenger seat of his police car before the shooting, police said. Witnesses told police the car Green was driving had struck their vehicles, according to charging documents.
Investigators didn’t find any evidence of a fight between Owen and Green before Green was fatally shot. That finding contradicted statements on the night of the shooting by a department spokeswoman, who told reporters that two “independent witnesses” said they saw or heard a struggle “of some sort” coming from the patrol car before they heard loud bangs.
Asked whether there was a struggle inside the patrol car before the shooting, Braveboy said, “Whether or not there was a struggle, we do believe that there was movement inside the vehicle.” She didn’t elaborate.