Forsythis Eliese Owen, 30
Forsythis Eliese Owen, 30 (Handout)

The Englewood woman who told authorities she beat a man to death with a baseball bat because she suspected he was a child molester will be charged Friday morning with his murder.

Forsythia Owen, 30, is expected to be charged with one count of first-degree murder after deliberation, one count of first-degree assault with a deadly weapon, one count of a violent crime causing serious bodily injury-death, and one count of a violent crime with use of a weapon, according to Arapahoe County court records.

The last two charges are sentence enhancers.

The charges stem from the incident that took place Sunday morning in an Englewood alley just blocks from Englewood High School.

Owen allegedly beat Denzel Rainey, 42, to death with a baseball bat because she was told he sexually assaulted a child, records show.

Owen then told a friend she killed Rainey when the friend asked if she had heard about his death. That friend contacted police, records show.

Owen was asked by police to be interviewed Monday afternoon, at which time she wrote "Going to prison!" on her Facebook wall before going to the station.


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Police say Owen confessed to them during the interview that she killed Rainey while he was sleeping in the alley, even demonstrating for investigators how she swung the bat , according to records. She said she hit Rainey multiple times before leaving him barely breathing in the alley to return to her house.

Owen has a lengthy criminal record, including multiple assault cases, including an incident involving a police officer.

Ryan Parker: 303-954-2409, rparker@denverpost.com or twitter.com/ryanparkerdp