Knoxville man fatally shot Tuesday was charged in heroin case

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The gunshot victim found dead near Peltier Road Tuesday night was due to appear in court Oct. 16 for a heroin case, prosecuted under the RICO statute.

The case is the first time that Racketeer Influence Corrupt Organization statute is being used in Knox County.

The defendant, 35-year-old Abraham James Owens, was found just after 11:30 p.m. Tuesday after the E-911 Center received a call from a resident in the 1600 block of Peltier Road. The resident told dispatchers a man knocked on their door asking for help after he had been shot.

When officers from the Knoxville Police Department arrived to the scene, they found Owens outside of the home suffering from more than one gunshot wound.

Owens was transported to UT Medical Center where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

According to the preliminary investigation, Owens met with someone just before the shooting happened. Owens reportedly ran down Peltier Road asking for help.

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to call the Knoxville Police Department's crime information line at 865-215-7212. Callers can remain anonymous.

Owens was one of six co-defendants charged under the RICO statute. This case is also one of the first times in the state that RICO has been used to charge members of a criminal street gang.

Owens, alias "Brickz" is charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to sell and deliver heroin over 150 grams in a drug free zone, possession with intent to sell and deliver heroin in a drug free zone, sale and delivery of heroin in a drug free zone, possession of a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony, unlawful possession of a firearm, racketeer influenced corrupt organization violation, and criminal gang enhancement.

Daton Darrell Matthews, alias "D" is charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to sell and deliver heroin over 150 grams in a drug free zone, possession with intent to sell and deliver heroin in a drug free zone, possession of a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony, racketeer influenced corrupt organization violation, and criminal gang enhancement.

Deshawn Marques Matthews, alias "Shawn Doe" is charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to sell and deliver heroin over 150 grams in a drug free zone, racketeer influenced corrupt organization violation, and criminal gang enhancement.

Bernard D. Malone, alias "Fish Bone" is charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to sell and deliver heroin over 150 grams in a drug free zone, racketeer influenced corrupt organization violation, and criminal gang enhancement.

Jaidarius Deshawn Prigmore is charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to sell and deliver heroin over 150 grams in a drug free zone, racketeer influenced corrupt organization violation, and criminal gang enhancement.

Jeanesha Marie Chandler is charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to sell and deliver heroin over 150 grams in a drug free zone, and racketeer influenced corrupt organization violation.