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27-Year-Old Man Arrested in Death of Long Island Nursing Student: Police

The woman was supposed to help at her daughter's after-school program, but her parents found her not breathing in her bed, police said

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  • A suspect has been arrested in connection to the death of a nursing student who was found strangled inside her home on Long Island, police said
  • Michael Owen, 27, was arrested Tuesday, two weeks after Kelly Owen's parents discovered their daughter's lifeless body in her bed at their South Farmingdale home on 1st Avenue, according to Nassau County police
  • Michael and Kelly were separated at the time of her death, police and court documents say

Money issues, a new girlfriend and a pregnancy were all factors that drove a man to kill a nursing student who was found strangled inside her home on Long Island, police said.

Michael Owen, 27, was arrested Tuesday, two weeks after Kelly Owen's parents discovered their daughter's lifeless body in her bed at their South Farmingdale home on 1st Avenue, according to Nassau County police.

On Jan. 15, the 27-year-old nursing student got her daughter ready in the morning before her father took his 6-year-old granddaughter to school.

Kelly was supposed to help out with her daughter’s after-school program at 3 p.m., but her parents found her car in the driveway when they came home a half hour after that, police said.

When her parents went inside, they found their daughter unconscious and not breathing in her bed. The parents immediately called 911, but first responders pronounced her dead at the scene.

The medical examiner later ruled strangulation as the cause of death for Owen. Police said there were no signs of a break-in.

Michael and Kelly were separated at the time of her death, police and court documents say. Police also say that he apparently had a new girlfriend.

According to authorities, Michael and Kelly argued about money and about the fact that Kelly wanted to be put on Michael's health insurance while she attended nursing school, which he allegedly didn't do.

Cops say those factors and the announcement of Kelly's pregnancy -- of which she was in the "early stages" -- fueled the killing.

According to police, Michael went to Kelly's parents' home with the intent to kill Kelly.

Michael was charged with 2nd degree murder, police said. He will be arraigned on Wednesday.

Attorney information for him was not immediately known.

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