Attorneys outline cases for jury in Oklahoma County trial of teen accused of setting fatal fire

Tristan Owen is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the July 13, 2011, deaths of Boyd Haynes, 87, and his wife, Doris Haynes, 86, of Oklahoma City. Owen also faces an arson charge.
by Tim Willert Modified: February 14, 2013 at 9:59 pm •  Published: February 15, 2013

A fire investigator is expected to testify finding the shattered remains of two liquor bottles believed to be Molotov cocktails in the driveway of the Owen home and in the street nearby, the prosecutor said.

The investigator previously testified finding rolled-up paper towels in the neck of the bottles.

Owen's attorney told jurors his client was imitating a movie actor when he threw the bottles into the street. Courbois said they did not contain an accelerant like kerosene or gasoline.

Owen has denied setting the deadly fire but told police detectives he did play around with two Molotov cocktails that broke on the street.

Detectives have said they do not believe Owen started the blaze by throwing a firebomb into the couple's home.

If convicted of murder, Owen could spend the rest of his life in prison.

If, however, he is acquitted on the murder charges and convicted of arson, Owen would be sentenced as a youthful offender and could be released from a juvenile treatment facility five months after turning 18.

Testimony in the trial begins Friday. has disabled the comments for this article.
by Tim Willert
Education Reporter
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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