Decatur murder suspect's son says mother just bought gun, 'acting crazy'

Decatur murder suspect's son says mother just bought gun, 'acting crazy'

DECATUR, AL (WAFF) - Decatur police responded to a 911 call reportedly made by Michelle Owens Saturday night, less than 20 hours before investigators said she shot and killed her husband, Eddie Owens.

Police found the body of Eddie Owens inside their home in the Dunbarton subdivision on Lenox Drive after the couple's 17-year-old son called 911 saying
his mother would not let him in the house, that she was mentally ill and that there were weapons in the home.

During the call, the son told the dispatcher his mother had recently bought a pistol that she had been carrying. He said that his seven-year-old brother, who was in the home during the shooting, told him their mother shot their father. He also told the dispatcher that his mother had been "acting crazy," and had been diagnosed with a disease that makes her have thoughts that aren't real.

PDF: Son calls 911 after Decatur murder

Morgan County 911 call records show a domestic call from the home on Lenox Drive at 7:54 p.m. Saturday. Morgan County E911 Director Ryan Welty said Michelle Owens accused her husband of abuse during that call.

She told a dispatcher that her husband had abused her and their kids. Decatur police officers went to the home.

PDF: Wife calls 911 Saturday before Decatur murder

Lt. Proncey Robertson said they saw no signs of physical abuse, that there was no probable cause to make an arrest and that when they told Michelle
and Eddie Owens they could help if one of them wanted to leave the residence, both declined and said they would stay.

"There have been calls for service at that address. None of those led to probable cause for arrest or any other concern that led us to believe there would be this type of incident there," Robertson said. "We certainly would ask people not to speculate, to respect the family who is involved in this, and we'll do that as a police department. We're simply there to investigate the incident, find out the facts about what happened, and any speculation beyond that at the moment is just inappropriate."

Michelle Owens is charged with murder. Her bond is set at $1,000,000.

The couple had three children, including a younger son and an adult daughter. Michelle Owens' Facebook page indicated they had been married for 20 years.

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