New details released in deadly Owensboro shooting investigation

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Owensboro Police release new details about last week’s triple homicide.

Officers were called to the 900 block of Audubon Avenue on January 17, 2019, where four people were found shot in the head.

Robert Smith, Jr., Jay Michael Sowders, and Christopher Carrie all died, while Carmen Vanegas is in critical condition.

A spokesperson for Owensboro Public Schools confirmed that three children lived inside that house, but they were at school at the time of the shooting.

According to the affidavit, officers located Cylar Shemwell and Arnett Baines at a home on Asbury Place, along with a vehicle that was reportedly seen at the home where the shooting occurred.

Baines and Shemwell were originally arrested on outstanding warrants.

Baines is a convicted felon out of Texas.

According to the affidavit, Shemwell told officers he was at the home on Audubon Avenue on Jnauary 17th, which police say is consistent with other statements they obtained.

However, when Baines was questioned, police say he was not cooperative, so they ended his interview.

Detectives then obtained security video and were able to identify Baines and Shemwell inside the home.

Both are charged with three counts of murder and one count of assault.

Baines and Shemwell are being held in the Daviess County Jail. They’re next court date is scheduled for February 1, 2019.

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(This story was originally published on January 25, 2019)

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