The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

September 30, 2013

Preliminary hearing slated for Enid man charged with murder

By Cass Rains, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — An Enid man being held without bond on a first-degree murder charge is set for a preliminary hearing in December.

Jason Dwayne Lowe, 23, is set for a preliminary hearing at 9 a.m. Dec. 17 on the capital murder charge.

Lowe faces life in prison, life without parole or death.

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

At 12:06 p.m. Aug. 17, the Garfield County 911 Center received a call from a person saying she was at 601 W. Maple.

The caller 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. Both the roommate and the neighbor told police it was common knowledge among their social circle that Lowe “routinely” abused Johnson.

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

Lowe appeared before Special District Judge Brian Lovell Monday afternoon for a bond appearance. Lovell will preside over the December hearing to Lowe.