Jan 12, 2015 8:36 PM
LONDONDERRY- Federal investigators say a double shooting in Saco last month is a case of domestic violence. This weekend they arrested a man from Londonderry, New Hampshire and charged him with trying to kill his wife. They say they have a motive and plenty of evidence against Gregory Owens. Today Owens made his first appearance in US District court in Maine.
According to court documents Gregory Owens wife Rachel suddenly fell ill last year, showing signs of dementia. She couldn't care for herself so Owens looked for help caring for her.
In the week before Christmas Rachel Owens went to stay with her friend in Saco. It was there on Hillview Avenue at the home of Steven and Carol Chabot where the shootings took place.
Steven Chabot was shot three times and Rachel Owens was shot four times, both survived. Carol Chabot was unharmed after barricading herself in a spare room.
Investigators say Gregory Owens was having an affair with a woman in Wisconsin who according to the affidavit "... threatened to expose and end her relationship with Owens, by publishing photos of the two of them together in the local newspaper..." after learning Owens had no intention of leaving his wife.
Two weeks later his wife and the owner of the home she was staying at were shot. According to prosecutor Darcie Mcelwee, Owens is now facing federal charges interstate domestic violence and discharging a firearm in a crime of violence.
"This is a federal case because in this particular case we have an individual who travels across state lines with the intention of killing another individual who was in Maine, and at the time discharging a firearm in connection to that and interstate nexus on the firearm also gives us jurisdiction," Mcelwee said.
Owens is being held without bail. Many neighbors tell NH1 News he was at one point in the military. They all describe Rachel as a one-in-a-million kind of person, someone they would love to and talk to on the street. Neighbors also say the Owen's family has asked them to refrain from speaking to the media. They are respecting those wishes during this very difficult time.
Greg Owens is due back in court next Wednesday for a probable cause hearing.
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