by Dick Peterson
Posted 10/24/13, 11:35 am
Stephen Owens was 12 years old when he found his father badly beaten with a tire iron and struggling for his life on the floor of their home. Investigators traced Ron Owens’ murder to a mechanic with a rap sheet. Stephen’s mom, Gaile, hired him for the hit.
To those who knew them, the Owenses were the model Christian family in Memphis, Tenn. They attended church, where Ron coached the basketball team and Gaile sang in the choir. Yet the 1985 murder sent Gaile to death row, and left Stephen living with his aunt,