Rabun Murder Suspect Wanted in S.C.

By Craig Salmon, WRBN Radio, Clayton

More information is available about a man charged with murder in Rabun County.

Rabun County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Gerald Johnson said now that 51-year-old William Edward Owen of Clayton was wanted in another state prior to Friday’s incident.

“The suspect was also wanted out of South Carolina as an absconder for failing to register as a sex offender,” said Johnson. “It appears that he had been here at least a month in Rabun County without registering.”

Owen is charged in the Friday stabbing death of 47-year-old Alden Leeland Hass (hAHss) of South Carolina.

According to authorities, Hass was stabbed Friday afternoon between 4 and 4:30 p.m. at a location on Joe Speed Road in Rabun County, which is off of Warwoman Road, and passed away a couple of hours later at Mountain Lakes Medical Center.

Authorities said that as they responded to the scene of the stabbing and the victim collapsed in a neighbor’s yard, Owen fled into a field on the north side of Joe Speed Road.

Tracking dogs from Lee Arrendale State Prison were called in to assist in the search and Owen was found and arrested.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation assisted following the stabbing and Mountain Judicial Circuit District Attorney Brian Rickman was also on scene as well. Also assisting on Friday was the Warwoman Fire Department.

Owen is charged with murder and is being held without bond in the Rabun County Detention Center.