Born in Ripley, Tennessee on September 22, 1952.
Resided in Memphis when she was married.
Previous conviction in 1978 for fraud and embezzling funds from a doctor for whom she worked. She received five years probation. She and her husband paid back half of the money she embezzled.
She has two children from her marriage.
On February 17, 1985, her husband was killed in Bartlett, Tennessee. A tire iron was the murder weapon used by Sidney Porterfield, hired by Owens to kill her husband.
Owens was tried and convicted for accessory before the fact/murder. She received the death sentence along with Sidney Porterfield.
She was 34 years old when she entered prison.
Owens has a job at the Tennessee Prison for Women conducting clerical duties in the housing unit she is assigned.