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Godwin man accused of trying to kill girlfriend

Posted December 9, 2010
Updated December 10, 2010

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— Cumberland County sheriff’s detectives charged a Godwin man on Thursday with trying to kill his girlfriend.

James Raymond Owens, 35, of 7769 Dunn Road, is charged with attempted first-degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and tampering with 911 services.

Investigators say that on Oct. 30, Owens became violent during an argument with his girlfriend, Jeanie Newell, 44, of Fayetteville, and hit her repeatedly on the head and face with his fists and a beer bottle.

Newell lost consciousness during the assault but managed to call 911 for help, detectives said. She was taken to Betsy Johnson Hospital for treatment and later moved to UNC Hospitals for intensive care.

Doctors said Newell suffered a head injury that has impaired her memory, according to detectives.

Owens was being held in the Cumberland County Detention Center under a $500,000 secured bond.

Owens was convicted in 2009 of assault with a deadly weapon and put on probation, according to state Department of Correction records.

In 2002, he was also given probation for two convictions for assault on a female. He served about five weeks in jail that same year for violating a protective order.

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  • CarolinaGirlRJA Dec 10, 2010

    rebecca7 - I wonder if the link you provided only displays convictions and not charges that were brought against them? There have been many cases where domestic abusers have been arrested, but charges were either dismissed or dropped.

  • rebecca7 Dec 10, 2010

    THERE IS NO REASON WHY IN TODAY'S WORLD, A WOMAN WITH AN OUNCE OF COMMON SENSE, CAN'T LOOK UP A CRIMINAL HISTORY ON A NEW LOVE INTEREST. If you're in NC, here you go: http://webapps6.doc.state.nc.us/opi/offendersearch.do?method=view
    After you find out, proceed or get as far away as possible. If he has done it once, rest assured, he will do it again. And I believe people can change, but I wouldn't bet my life on it with a man with a documented abuse history. It's prudent to do your homework before jumping into a relationship. It's far to easy to get hood winked by the 'spark' of a new love that blinds you to the dark side of a person.

  • I Change This Name Daily Dec 10, 2010

    By his actions he has given up the right to breath any air -
    redstarlea

    that's right off with his head mob rules

  • wildcat Dec 10, 2010

    This girl knew how he was and still she chose to continue to stay with him. I still believe and maintain once she is out of the hospital, she will return to him. That is why she needs strong counseling and help.

  • CarolinaGirlRJA Dec 10, 2010

    "And no. Just because he was drinking doesn't automatically mean she was drinking. And it doesn't take two to tango. Some people just get their jollies by the beating the living daylights out of someone, for NO reason. Make them feel like more of a man."

    I also agree with this statement. My ex had serious psychological and anger issues that became evident as time progressed. He would have sudden outbursts for no reason. Not even just towards me, but also to others and his family.

  • CarolinaGirlRJA Dec 10, 2010

    @ kikinc -- not all of the women they prey on are weak or insecure. I've been known to be head strong and firm in not being a push over from an early age. I've also always had high self confidence.(I danced for 9 years) When I heard stories like this, I always said I wished some man would have the nerve and try me, but when it actually happened to me, it was completely different. It's easy for any woman to fall into their trap. You are correct about how they woo a woman and make her feel like he is trustworthy, then as the relationship develops problems arise and then the true colors definitely show. Oddly enough, when I went to my domestic violence support group, we were taught what early red flags to look for, and there were plenty he showed me before the relationship turned physically abusive. All I can say is awareness is key, and knowing about red flags and the background of who you are dating is key. That goes for men and women cause both sexes can be victims.

  • redstarlean Dec 10, 2010

    He looks like a real inbred piece of white trash. By his actions he has given up the right to breath any air

  • kikinc Dec 10, 2010

    Prey, not pray.

  • dogluv3r Dec 10, 2010

    We do not know what the situation is, but some of your comments are insane! It's her fault too???? WHAT???? Let me guess, she asked for it. Whether she was drinking or not (and nothing says she was) does not excuse his actions! Considering he put her in the ICU I doubt she will be going back to him any time soon!

  • kikinc Dec 10, 2010

    Men like this tend to have girlfriends because they pray on weak, insecure women. Then they pour it on thick, make these women think they're the best thing since sliced bread so that they're devoted to these losers, then they let their true colors come out. By this time, the woman's self esteem is even further into the ground, so when the man tells them it's their fault, they believe him, and they think that they're not worthy of being treated like a human being. It's a sad, sad situation.

    And no. Just because he was drinking doesn't automatically mean she was drinking. And it doesn't take two to tango. Some people just get their jollies by the beating the living daylights out of someone, for NO reason. Make them feel like more of a man.

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