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October 25, 2021

Aptos murder suspect allowed to see kids

SANTA CRUZ — The woman accused of stabbing her husband to death inside their residence in the Aptos hills in August is now allowed to see her children for supervised visits.

That was the agreement reached Friday by prosecutors and defense attorneys in the case of Amanda Owens, who pleaded not guilty to murder charges on Oct. 10 for allegedly killing her husband Thomas Owens.

Owens had not seen her daughter, 17, and son, 22, since she was arrested. 

She can now see them once a week for four hours, or twice a week for two hours, Santa Cruz County Assistant District Attorney Jason Gill said.

Owens and her husband were caretakers for their son, who cannot speak and is confined to a wheelchair.

Her attorney, George Gigarjian, said that Owens was defending herself during a domestic dispute. He has also said that she called 911 after the attack and performed lifesaving techniques while she waited for paramedics to arrive.

Owens faces as much as 25 years to life in prison if convicted.

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