Wichita man accused of killing ex-girlfriend heading to trial

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

A Wichita man accused of shooting and killing his ex-girlfriend last year will be heading to trial next month. 

Dane Owens, 28, is charged with first-degree murder and aggravated burglary in the October 3, 2016, shooting of 22-year-old Rowena Irani. His trial is scheduled to begin May 15.

Irani was found shot in the head in a home in the 2600 block of North Meadow Oak, near 29th Street North and Woodlawn. She died the following day.

An arrest affidavit states that Rowena told her brother that she broke up with Owens on September 23rd.

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Owens allegedly drove to the area of Rowena's house, parking away from the home so she would not see him and call police. He walked in the unlocked front door, the handgun in a sling he wore on his right arm, the affidavit states.

"As he walked...toward the living room he saw Rowena come around the comer from the kitchen. He said he was 'spooked' when she came around the corner and he fired the gun and she fell to the ground."

Owens said he saw the gunshot wound to Rowena's head, left through the back door of the house and drove away. He stopped on the way back to his mother's house and put the gun in one pond and the magazine with the ammunition in another pond. He also had Rowena's phone and threw it in one of the ponds. 

The affidavit says Irani was shot at around 1 p.m. and was left without care for at least three hours before her mother found her. 

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