AUSTIN (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — The trial is set to begin for the man accused in the deaths of four people when he smashed into a crowd of South By Southwest festival goers two years ago.READ MORE: Expert: Arrests, Prosecution Unlikely In Case Of Arlington Firefighter Found Dead In Cancun
The suspect in the deadly crash, Rashad Owens, is facing 26 separate charges including — capital murder, murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Owens is set to go on trial Monday in Austin.
Authorities say Owens was intoxicated when he accelerated through a festival crowd in March 2014, killing four people and injuring more than 20 others.READ MORE: Texas Man Charged With Pepper-Spraying Capitol Police On January 6
Fort Worth resident Deandre Tatum was among those killed. Tatum, a 2013 Trimble Tech High School graduate, had gone to the festival with his girlfriend, Curtisha Davis. Davis was also seriously injured in the crash, but survived.
The state is not seeking the death penalty. If convicted of capital murder, Owens faces a mandatory life sentence of life in prison with no parole.
Owens also faces 24 counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Those offenses will remain pending until after his trial.MORE NEWS: Susan Wright, Jake Ellzey Campaign During Final Push In Runoff For North Texas Congressional Seat
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