Jury selection continues in trial of Oklahoma City teen accused of setting fatal fire

Tristan Owen, 17, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of first-degree arson in the 2011 deaths of Boyd and Doris Haynes. Owen faces life in prison is convicted of murder.
by Tim Willert Modified: February 11, 2013 at 9:01 pm •  Published: February 11, 2013
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Jury selection will continue Tuesday in the trial of a teenager accused of setting a fire that killed a couple, after the boy's attorney rejected an offer from prosecutors to settle the case.

Tristan Owen, 17, of Oklahoma City, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of first-degree arson in the July 13, 2011, death of Boyd Haynes, 87, and his wife, Doris Haynes, 86.

A judge previously ruled Owen can be sentenced as an adult if convicted of the murder charges. He faces life in prison if jurors find him guilty of murder.

If Owen is acquitted on the murder charges and convicted on the arson charge, he can only be convicted as a youthful offender, the judge ruled.

If convicted as a youthful offender, Owen could be held in a juvenile treatment facility only until five months after his 18th birthday. However, he also could be ordered to prison if he fails to complete a treatment plan.

Neither prosecutors nor Owen's attorney would comment on the offer. A source close to the negotiations told The Oklahoman it was 10 years in prison and 10 years probation. Attorneys negotiated outside the courtroom while more than two dozen potential jurors waited inside.

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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 FOXSports.com in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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