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Murder indictment returned

Rockdale man accused of girlfriend’s shotgun slaying May 6th


Stephen Lenard Daniell was indicted for the shooting death of Sheila Owens Thursday during the July session of the Milam County Grand Jury Stephen Lenard Daniell was indicted for the shooting death of Sheila Owens Thursday during the July session of the Milam County Grand Jury CAMERON—A 46-year-old Rockdale man was indicted for murder Thursday by a Milam County Grand Jury.

Stephen Lenard Daniell was indicted in connection with the May 6 shotgun slaying of 49-year-old Sheila Owens in her driveway at 804 North Wilcox.

Murder is a first-degree felony and in punishable by a sentence of up to 99 years.

According to Rockdale Police Lt. J. D. Newlin, a neighbor called police at 9:50 p.m. that evening and responded to the scene.

“The suspect told us he had shot his girlfriend and took us to her body which was on a sidewalk at their home,” Newlin said.

Newlin said Daniell had walked down the street to a neighbor’s house and asked the neighbor to call police.

Police said Owens was attempting to leave the residence when the shot was fired from a porch.

“She was on a little sidewalk which led to where their vehicles were parked,” Newlin said. “She had been shot in the back of the head.”

Police recovered the .12-gauge shotgun involved in the shooting.

Newlin said the shooting followed a “verbal disagreement” between the couple.

Owens was manager of the McDonald’s inside the Taylor Walmart.

Daniell was identified as a heavy equipment operator for Jack Hilliard Distributing Company.

He was arrested without incident.

Justice of the Peace Sam Berry pronounced Owens dead at the scene.

The homicide was the fourth in South Milam County in just over a year.

See other Thursday indictments on page 3A.


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