Rochester man arraigned in murder of his son

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — A Rochester man was arraigned Monday, charged with killing his son and shooting a second man.

64-year-old Steven Owens appeared in city court where the judge did not set bail.

Steven was arrested at around 6 p.m. Sunday after a brief manhunt, just two hours after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

He is being charged with second degree murder in the shooting death of his son, 34-year-old Malcolm Owens, and second degree assault in the shooting of another man. The incident occurred Saturday at Steven’s home on Pioneer Street. Malcolm was visiting from Virginia when police say a fight broke out.

"Sadly, domestic cases aren’t unusual," said Deputy Bureau Chief for Local Courts Chris Bokelman. "Domestic situations can go tragic just like strangers, or robberies or something else. It’s another homicide for our community that’s way too many."

According to police, Steven has a long criminal history, including violent felony crimes, robbery, and weapons possession.

The judge did not set bail Monday. Steven is due back in court on Friday.

Malcolm’s death brought the City of Rochester to 75 homicides in 2021.