Sentencing on hold for man guilty of killing teen

Chauncey Owens pleaded guilty to murdering Ja'Rean Blake

Published On: Dec 02 2011 11:40:05 AM EST   Updated On: Dec 02 2011 02:56:28 PM EST
Chauncey Owens
DETROIT -

The sentencing of a man who pleaded guilty to killing a 17-year-old has been placed on hold.

Chauncey Owens pleaded guilty to murdering Ja'Rean Blake outside a Detroit party store on May 14 near Mack Avenue and St. Jean Street. Owens was set to testify against Charles Jones, who prosecutors said supplied Owens with the gun that he used to kill Blake.

Jones is the father of 7-year-old Aiyana Jones who was killed when police officers raided a home in search for Owens. She was killed by a police officer's bullet. Police said it was an accidental discharge. Officer Joseph Weekley is charged with involuntary manslaughter in her death. Aiyana was Owens' fiance's niece.

Owens opted for 30 years in prison rather than testifying against Jones.

However, in November, Owens was held in contempt of court. It appeared Owens had second thoughts about pleading guilty when he decided to use his 5th Amendment rights during a testimony, which led to his contempt charge.

Jones is accused of aiding Owens in Blake's murder and is charged with first-degree murder.