Dover – A Kent County man who killed his girlfriend in their Leipsic residence last summer and attempted to dispose of her remains in a wooded lot nearby was convicted of her death this morning and was sentenced to prison, Attorney General Beau Biden announced today.
“This defendant will spend a significant time in prison for the tragic death of this young woman,” Biden said.
On Saturday, September 7, 2013, local residents directed Delaware State Police to charred human remains in a wooded area along the 200 block of Denny Street in Leipsic. The victim was identified as 19 year-old Taylor M. Owens, who had been reported missing by her family earlier that week. At the time of her death the victim lived nearby with her boyfriend, 21 year-old Tony Mozick Jr., who was arrested on September 8, 2013 and charged with Owens’ death. The charges alleged that Owens was killed by Mozick on August 31, 2013 during an altercation in their residence, and that Mozick then moved the body to the wooded area where he tried to conceal the remains by burning them.
An autopsy later concluded that the victim’s death was a homicide, however the Medical Examiner’s office was unable to determine the cause of death. A comprehensive investigation by Delaware State Police and a review of the evidence by prosecutors concluded that during the August 31, 2013 altercation the victim fell and hit her head, resulting in her death. As a result, the case resulted in a guilty plea by the defendant this morning in Dover. Tony Mozick, Jr. pled guilty to Manslaughter and Abuse of a Corpse and was immediately sentenced by Kent County Superior Court Judge James T Vaughn, Jr. to 15 years in prison.
The case was prosecuted by Deputy Attorney Generals Gregory Babowal and Benjamin Snyder.