Former SFA student accused of punching deputy gets indicted

Former SFA student accused of punching deputy gets indicted

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - A Nacogdoches County grand jury has indicted a former Stephen F. Austin State University football player who is accused of punching a sheriff's deputy in the face back in October of 2016.

Justin Michael Owens, 23, of Nacogdoches, was indicted on a third-degree felony assault of a public servant charge. When he was arrested, he was also charged with Class A misdemeanor resisting arrest and Class C misdemeanor public intoxication.

According to the arrest affidavit, the NCSO deputies went to check out report of a disturbance in progress at 4534 FM 1878 on Oct. 23, and they saw a fight in progress. When the deputies tried to break up a fight between two men, Owens, who wasn't involved in the fight, punched one of the deputies in the left side of his face, causing a cut and swelling to his left cheek and eye socket area.

When the deputies tried to take Owens into custody, he allegedly resisted them. Owens kept trying to pull his arms away from the deputies, the affidavit stated.

The affidavit stated that Owens kept fighting the deputies when they tried to put him in the back seat of a patrol unit.

According to the affidavit, the NCSO deputies noticed a strong smell of alcohol coming from Owens. He also allegedly had extremely slurred speech and glassy, bloodshot eyes.

Owens was taken to the county jail and booked in without any further incident.

The officer involved sustained non-life threatening injuries, and was released from the hospital.

According to the SFA athletics website, Owens played football for the school during their 2014 and 2015 season.

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