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Duane Owen, a Florida man convicted of raping and killing a 14-year-old girl and a 38-year-old woman in two separate 1984 attacks, is set to be executed by lethal injection next month. Despite multiple appeals from the perpetrator to overturn his death sentence, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the death warrant last week and scheduled the execution for June.
Owen is a rapist and murderer from Florida. He was arrested in 1984 for a burglary in Boca Raton and later found guilty of the 1984 murders and sexual assaults of 14-year-old Karen Slattery and 38-year-old Georgianna Worden. Owen confessed to both of the crimes after his arrest. He was charged with first-degree murder, sexual battery with a deadly weapon, and unlawful entry of a dwelling with an armed and dangerous weapon, court documents reveal.
The 62-year-old will reportedly be executed inside the Florida State Prison at 6:00 pm on June 15. The sentence comes after Owen served a 40 years sentence in a Raiford prison cell. He was arrested the same year he committed the crimes and found guilty of both murders in 1986. Owen’s death by lethal injection will mark the fourth execution scheduled in Florida this year.
Duane Owen is 62 years old.
Florida Inmate to Be Executed By Lethal Injection For 1984 Rapes and Murders
He was found guilty of first-degree murder in both crimes in March 1986, with a jury recommending a death sentence. In January 1992, the Supreme Court of Florida affirmed the convictions and stated that Owen should be sentenced to death. Owen was also accused of attacking two other women in their homes but both survived, as per Associated Press.
His motions for appeals and petitions for writ of habeas corpus were denied by state and federal judges between September 2000 and May 2009, the Law and Crime Network reported. Owen served 40 years in a Raiford prison and Governor DeSantis enclosed his death warrant to Florida State Prison’s Warden on May 9, 2023. He confirmed that Owen would be executed by lethal injection around 6:00 pm on June 15.
Around 6:30 pm on March 24, 1984, 14-year-old Slattery was dropped off at the Helm’s Delray Beach home to babysit the family’s two children. The teen was reportedly a diver at school, loved to do her friend’s hair, and recently got her braces off, Law and Crime Network reported. A little after midnight the Helms returned to their home and noticed a pool of blood in the living room with a hammer lying next to it.
The Helm family patriarch told his wife to go to a neighbor’s home and call 911. Shortly after, he spotted a trail of blood leading to the master bedroom. While his two little girls were safe and asleep in their room, investigators found Slattery dead in the bedroom. Reports suggest that her blouse and inner were pulled up to her shoulders and a medical examiner said she died from injuries sustained by 18 stab wounds. The teen’s lung reportedly collapsed as she fought for her life and autopsy results showed she was sexually assaulted after her death.
Five days after Slattery’s death, 38-year-old Worden was brutally attacked and killed inside her Boca Raton home while her two children slept inside. She was found dead by her children the next morning while they got ready for school. Officials revealed that Worden was bludgeoned to death with a hammer and sexually assaulted. In May 1984, Owen was arrested for a burglary in Boca Raton that was reported the same day as Worden’s murder.
Due to the close nature of the crimes, investigators believed Owen was most likely responsible for both the burglary and Worden’s murder in Boca Raton. During the trial, prosecutors said that despite Slattery being killed by stabbing and Worden being bludgeoned to death, investigators realized that the remaining facts of the murders were virtually identical. After Owen was taken into custody, authorities confirmed that a shoe print left behind at the home where Slattery was killed matched one of Owen’s. He later confessed to both the murders and the assault.
In an audio transcript played during Owen’s murder trial, the criminal could be heard confessing to investigators about Slattery’s murder. He said he broke into Helms’ home through the bedroom window earlier in the night and spotted Slattery braiding the young girls’ hair. He decided to leave to get a few drinks from a local bar before going back to attack her. Owen said he jumped back into the master bedroom through the window around 11:00 pm, nearly two hours after his initial break-in.
He then grabbed a pair of women’s gloves he found in the room and took a hammer from the bedroom closet before peeking out of the master bedroom door and shutting the little girl’s bedroom door. Owen saw Slattery watching TV in the living room, who eventually spotted him and ran towards the phone. The man then lunged at the teen and began stabbing her. “Then I took her in the bedroom, just grabbed her feet and drug her, with her head behind, and just closed the door,” Owen confessed. “I just raped her,” he said. He was sentenced to death on March 1986 and is set to be executed next month.
Social media users took to Facebook to react to the update on Owen’s execution. “That is wonderful news. God Bless the Slattery family, they sure deserve this justice,” one wrote. “As much as it breaks my heart all over for the Slattery family. I hope there is a small piece in which they feel that justice was served,” added another. “I was 18 when this POS murdered Karen Slattery, now I am pushing 60. Way overdue. The way the law protects these vermin you would think they were an endangered species,” a third commented.
One simply said, “Burn in hell pos” while another mentioned, “My heart aches for Carol and the entire Slattery family. My prayers are for Carol and all who were blessed to know Karen and have her in their lives. This POS has lived on the taxpayer’s dime for 39 years…I can’t say what I truly feel about him…he should suffer a slow painful death!”