Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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March 8, 2013

Murder victim was MSU student

MOREHEAD — The young woman who was murdered on Wednesday by her boyfriend was a student at Morehead State University.

Cassandra “Cassie” Owens, 21, of Morehead was pronounced dead Thursday afternoon of an apparent gunshot wound to the head.

Kevin Koett, dean of students, has confirmed that the victim was a Morehead State University student. Owens was a sophomore University Studies major and was enrolled part-time.

The incident occurred off campus. A suspect, Casey R. Shay, is in custody after turning himself into authorities.

"We are all saddened and heartbroken by the death of one of our students," said Morehead State President Wayne D. Andrews. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Cassandra. The loss of life at such an early age affects us all.”

Shay, 26, of Morehead, was arrested Thursday afternoon and charged with murder after police found the body of his girlfriend, in the mobile home they shared in East Morehead with their 3-year-old daughter.

The child was not harmed and is in the custody of a grandparent, police said.

The body was taken to the state medical examiner’s office in Frankfort for an autopsy. Northcutt said the shooting had occurred at least a day earlier.

Morehead police said Shay turned himself in at the Rowan County Detention Center on Thursday afternoon, saying he had killed his girlfriend the day before.

An automatic pistol believed to be the murder weapon was recovered from a Morehead pawn shop.

Shay is being held in the Rowan County Detention Center without bond.

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