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Motorcyclist in crash had gunshot wound

April 14, 2009

Motorcyclist in crash had gunshot wound

Ellis County sheriff’s investigators were searching for leads Monday in the death of a motorcyclist who at first appeared to have died in a weekend traffic accident but was later found to have been shot.

Michael Owensby, 44, was pronounced dead about 9 a.m. Saturday, but authorities say he died hours earlier.

“Right now we’re kind of at a loss,” said Ellis County sheriff’s Lt. Jason Westmoreland. “We’re still talking to family and friends and relatives.”

A volunteer firefighter spotted the crash scene along the 2700 block of FM780, just outside Ferris. It appeared Owensby had left the road, hit a ditch and began flipping. The motorcycle, an older model Harley-Davidson, came to rest about 30 feet away from him.

Authorities at first investigated the scene as a traffic fatality. Only later did a medical examiner discover that Owensby, a member of a local motorcycle club, had also suffered a bullet wound.

Westmoreland said authorities would like to talk to “anybody that knew the gentleman, who can tell us was he having trouble with anybody.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 972-937-6060.

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