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Crandall man's murder trial to begin


March 26, 2014 | 09:09 AM

After a hearing this Friday to discuss pending motions and last-minute arguments, the murder trial of a Crandall man is scheduled to begin next week in Harrison Superior Court.

Larry Ray Lowe Sr., 66, is accused of shooting and killing his wife, Catherine Lowe, 46, in November 2010 at the couple's home in the 1400 block of S.R. 335.

Harrison County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Nicholas Haverstock said yesterday (Tuesday) that jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday, with the trial scheduled to get underway Tuesday; however, that could change, pending the outcome of Friday's hearing.

According to the Indiana State Police, a call was made for a welfare check due to a disturbance at the home near Crandall.

"He had tried to contact us several times and said it was very important and told us to call him back but, when we did, he wouldn't answer the phone," Angela Lawson, Lowe's daughter, said at the time. "So, me and my brothers met and came out."

When the family arrived, Lawson said, Lowe had a gun in his hand. Lowe's son, Larry Lowe Jr., talked the gun away from his father.

Lawson, noticing that she hadn't seen her stepmother, the former Catherine Hayes, despite her car being at the residence, said she went inside her parents' house to search for her stepmother. That's when she located Catherine Lowe's body in the basement.

Lawson said her father suffered from dementia for a couple of years before the shooting.

"We love our dad. I understand what he did was wrong, but we're not turning our backs on him," William Lowe, Lowe Sr.'s son, said. "I'll fight for him to hell and back. This is a sad deal. I'm sorry that it happened. Everyone around where he lived knew of his paranoia. No one did nothing about it. Sadly, (Catherine) had to pay that price and now he has to pay that price. I'm not sure he even knows what happened."

Larry Lowe Sr.'s mental condition is expected to be a focal point of the trial.

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