Man convicted of killing store clerk 27 years ago

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Twenty-seven years after shooting a store clerk, a man is starting to pay for his crime.

Stanley Owens has been a free man since the fatal 1990 robbery at the Kay-T-Did Liquor Store. Owens went into the store located at 2231 Central Ave. and demanded money.

The clerk, Edward Askew, was shot and killed and during the robbery.

"He got killed February 9, 1990, so it has been 27 years," Tracy Askew said. "It's been very rough growing up without my father."

Tracy is Edward's daughter. She was just 19 years old when her life changed forever.

Now, nearly three decades later, the man who caused her so much pain was finally called to answer for his crimes.

Stanley Owens, 61, was convicted of voluntary manslaughter. He could face up to 15 years in prison.

"I'm disappointed with the verdict," Tracy said. "I feel like he would get more time."

The case went unsolved for more than two decades, but the Askew family caught a break in 2014 when an Alabama inmate identified Owens as the man who killed Edward.

The man who shot and killed Edward in 1990 was shot in the thigh during the robbery. Witnesses remember seeing him limping to a getaway car outside of the liquor store.

The Alabama inmate said Owens told him he treated his wound himself after the shooting.

When investigators found Owens, they noticed a scar on his leg. Owens told officers he was shot by a drug dealer.

However, witnesses picked him out of a lineup and a jury agreed he was the man responsible for killing Edward in 1990.

"We told the jury it's never too late to do the right thing and there's no limitation on murder," Shelby County Assistant District Attorney Paul Goodman said.

Shelby County District Attorney's Office admits prosecuting old cases like this can be tough, but the attorneys said they're happy that this time they were able to find some justice for one family.

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