Man accused of slaying ex-wife pleads not guilty by insanity

Posted at 3:09 PM, May 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-23 16:09:44-04

CHALMETTE, La. (AP) – A Louisiana man accused of slaying his ex-wife with an ax has entered a plea of not guilty and not guilty by reason of insanity.
The New Orleans Advocate reports 56-year-old Mark Owens entered his new plea Tuesday. He originally pleaded not guilty in November.
Owens is charged with first-degree murder for the September 2017 killing of 48-year-old Kim Penney Owens. The St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office says Owens waited under his ex-wife’s home and ambushed her with an ax when she left for work. Owens also is charged with attempted first-degree murder as police say he attempted to kill Kim Owen’s mother.
Records say Owens’ defense attorney, Cullen Tonry, has said Owens has a history of mental illness.
The Advocate says doctors now will evaluate Owens’ mental health.