The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

August 23, 2013

First-degree murder charge filed in Enid woman's death

By Cass Rains, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — A first-degree murder charge was filed Friday against an Enid man accused of beating his girlfriend to death.

Jason Dwayne Lowe, 23, was arraigned on the charge, which is punishable by life in prison, life without parole or death, during a 10:45 a.m. hearing.

PDF: Court affadavit

Lowe’s court-appoint attorney also said his client agreed with a motion filed by the state to deny bond in the case.

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

At 12:06 p.m. Saturday, 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 said 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.