LAS VEGAS -- After more than 30 years, five district attorneys, and countless high-profile cases, one of southern Nevada's top prosecutors has retired.
Chris Owens, the chief of the Clark County District Attorney's Criminal Division, left his office for the last time Monday.
He told the I-Team, policy issues, like funding for the District Attorney's Officer, reducing the backlog of criminal cases, and even the status of the coroner's inquest process linger as priorities in his mind.
Owens has prosecuted some of southern Nevada's most notorious criminals in a career that spanned more than 30 years including the O. J. Simpson case.
He tells the I-Team, the media spotlight does impact the process often making the job more difficult. He also admits, the high-profile cases were rarely among his favorite.
"The cases that were fascinating to me were not always the ones that the media or the public seem to be interested in. Usually they'd have some usually quirky fact that to me was fascinating," he said.
Interestingly, Owens and current District Attorney Steve Wolfson started in the office on the same day but followed different career paths.
Wolfson calls Owens one of the best analytical minds he's ever encountered and says he will be missed.