Franklin Co. Murder Trial Underway

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia

The murder trial of a Lavonia woman charged with stabbing an elderly man to death is underway this week in Franklin County Superior Court.

Marian Owens is charged with the murder of 71-year old Tommy Cleveland Janes in December 2011.

Authorities say that on December 26, 2011, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office deputies answered a 911 call regarding a disturbance at a home on State Route 59 in the Fairview Community.

According to Franklin County Sheriff Stevie Thomas, neighbors told deputies they had heard loud screams coming from Janes’ house that morning.

He says when deputies entered Janes’  home, they saw Owens attacking him.

Owens allegedly beat and stabbed Janes, who died later at Cobb Memorial Hospital.

She was later indicted on charges of felony murder, malice murder, and two counts of aggravated assault.

Owens was denied bond and remains in the Franklin County Detention Center.