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Rashad Owens was found guilty of capital murder today for the killing of four people in Austin in the deadly 2014 SXSW crash.

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Both sides have rested in the trial of a driver blamed for an alcohol-related crash during last year's South By Southwest festival that claimed four lives.

It’s been almost a year since Rashad Owens drove his car into SXSW festivalgoers after a late-night show. Four people died, and another 23 were injured during the police chase of Owens on March 13 last year.

For this year's festival, the city of Austin and the Austin Police Department say they are not taking any chances.

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Officials in Austin say they're at a "critical point" to make the South by Southwest festival safer after a car crash earlier this year killed four people.

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A driver already charged with murder is facing 20 new charges of aggravated assault after he plowed into a crowd during the South by Southwest music festival in Austin.

Jail documents posted online Tuesday list the additional charges against 21-year-old Rashad Owens. An arrest report says Owens accelerated through a crowd, killing four people and leaving 17 injured.

Fort Worth Teen Dies Following SXSW Crash In Austin

Mar 27, 2014
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A Fort Worth teenager who was injured when a car plowed into a crowd at the South by Southwest festival in Austin has died.

De'Andre Tatum, 18, was a 2013 Trimble Tech High School graduate. He's the fourth person to die in the SXSW crash.

Questions raised by this year's South by Southwest festival and conference aren't restricted to think pieces: The Austin City Council is now asking for "a full post-event evaluation" of the ever-growing event. The findings could result in changes to the way Austin deals with safety, crowds, permits, and even alcohol during SXSW and other events. 

Coming off its 27th year, the SXSW event itself generated as many headlines as its performers and conference breakouts. 

A patient injured in last week's car collision with South by Southwest crowds has died. 

Sandy Thuy Le, 26, died this morning at University Medical Center BrackenridgeShe was an Austin resident, according to social media.

SMU Won't Be Playing In NCAA Tournament After Snub

Mar 17, 2014
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Five stories that have North Texas talking: SMU NCAA Tournament Hopes Dashed; Surprise concert for SXSW crash victim; Printing presses at Star-Telegram roll for last time; and more.

Austin Police Department

UPDATE, 6:35 p.m.: Austin police say any additional charges in the SXSW crash will be presented to the Travis County Grand Jury at a later date.

"The reason only one capital murder charge was filed is that Texas State law requires two or more deaths in the same criminal transaction for the filing of a capital murder charge," police said in an update sent to reporters.

Thursday, Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo said that Owens would face two charges of capital murder and multiple counts of aggravated assault with a vehicle.

Andi Harman / D Magazine

Bedford teacher Jesse Hidalgo was in line outside the Mohawk this morning when a car plowed through the crowd he was standing in. Meanwhile, D Magazine photographer Andi Harman was inside the venue - just barely - when the incident changed SXSW history.