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Husband accused of killing Ebony Owens pleads not guilty

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The man accused of killing his wife in mid-March has pleaded not guilty to numerous charges connected to her death, including arson, sexual battery of a minor, and murder.

Michael Owens, 36, submitted his plea in a Hinds County courtroom on Tuesday morning, stating that he was not guilty to each charge.

Exactly two months ago, Hinds County officials released that Owens was believed to be behind the death of his wife — 36-year-old mother-of-two Ebony Owens — less than 24 hours after she was first reported missing.

Hinds County Sheriff Tyree Jones announced that the search began after Ebony Owens did not show up for work on March 15, with investigators discovering her vehicle burned near Old Highway 80 and Jones Road.

Authorities later stated that Owens was believed to have died from at least one gunshot wound, according to information provided by her husband.

The search for Ebony Owens’ body continued for over one week, with officials releasing that she had been recovered from the Big Black River on March 25.

Michael Owens is now set to attend a trial for her death in early November.

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