- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 30, 2014

HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina judge has dismissed a murder indictment stemming from the 1996 disappearance and presumed death of a Transylvania County woman,

The Times-News of Hendersonville reports (https://bit.ly/1rDNaWO) District Attorney Greg Newman said Tuesday the judge ruled last week in favor of a defense motion to dismiss the murder charge because of the length of time between Michael Owen’s identification as a suspect in 2000 and the grand jury indictment in 2013.

Authorities say 76-year-old Edna Glaze of Brevard was reported missing on March 19, 1996. Owen confessed to killing Glaze, but her body hasn’t been found. Owen wasn’t arrested and the district attorney at the time decided against prosecuting him without a body or any other corroborating evidence.

Owen was indicted last November. He’s been in custody since then.


Information from: Times-News, https://www.blueridgenow.com

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