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Thomas Ken Owens
|U.S. Senate, Tennessee|
- See also: Tennessee State Senate elections, 2010
Owens ran in the 2010 election for Tennessee State Senate District 3. He ran unopposed in the August 5 Democratic primary and was defeated by incumbent Rusty Crowe (R) in the general election which took place on November 2, 2010.
Solicitation to commit first degree murder
In August 2013, Owens was arrested after allegedly trying to hire a hit man to kill his uncle, a pastor and bailiff. The deal was struck in the parking lot of a sports bar, where Owens offered $500 to a police informant he believed to be a hit man. Owens also provided the photo and address of his uncle Ernest "Ernie" Widby, who is the founder and pastor of the local church, New Zion Faith Center. Owens was charged with solicitation to commit first degree murder.
- Tennessee Secretary of State, "2012 Unofficial Filings," April 5, 2012
- Associated Press, "2012 Primary Results," accessed November 11, 2012
- Tennessee Department of State, "November 2, 2010 State General," accessed August 25, 2013
- cnn.com, "One-time Senate candidate in Tennessee accused of trying to have uncle killed," August 25, 2013