The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

January 14, 2014

Man charged with murder appears in court on Monday

By Cass Rains, Staff Writer
Enid News & Eagle

ENID, Okla. — An Enid man charged with the murder of a 33-year-old woman appeared in court Monday.

Jason Dwayne Lowe, 24, pleaded not guilty before Associate District Judge Tom Newby. He is facing charges of first-degree murder, unlawfully taking a debit card of another and unlawful possession  of a debit card.

Lowe is charged in the death of 33-year-old Crystal Star Johnson.

At 12:06 p.m. Aug. 17, the Enid and Garfield County 911 Center received a call from a person at 601 W. Maple who said a woman inside was unresponsive and appeared to have blunt-force trauma to her face. The caller, Johnson’s roommate, later told police she was asked to check on Johnson by a neighbor in their duplex.

The neighbor told police he heard Lowe beating Johnson the night before, but it only lasted about 10 minutes, according to court documents. Both the roommate and the neighbor told police it was common knowledge among their social circle that Lowe “routinely” abused Johnson, according to the affidavit.

The affidavit states Lowe used Johnson’s debit card to get cash for the purchase of an 1983 Ford Fairmont and also made multiple ATM debit charges from her account at locations leading to Hobart, where Lowe was arrested.

Lowe initially was charged Aug. 23, 2013, only with first-degree murder. The two additional counts involving the debit card were added following a Dec. 17 preliminary hearing.

Lowe is being held without bond and was ordered to return to court Feb. 10 for a bond appearance.