The details of the horrific murder of former Food Network Star contestant Cristie Schoen Codd, her husband J.T. Codd, and their unborn child continue to unfold. In the latest update, a North Carolina man, Robert Jason Owens, now faces murder charges after remains of both Codd and her husband were allegedly found in the woodstove on his property outside Asheville, North Carolina, following a police inspection warrant, according to CNN. Owens was hired by the couple as a contractor, and is accused of killing them.
Police warrants released in the case have revealed that J.T. Codd was killed after being run over by his own 2008 Dodge Ram pickup truck as it was being driven by Owens. Authorities have not yet released details on the motives or circumstances surrounding the death of Cristie Schoen Codd, who appeared on Food Network Star as a contestant in 2012. Codd and her husband had married last October, and at the time of her murder she was five months pregnant.
“The person that did this, he was out of work," Michael Mendez, a friend of the Codd family, said to People Magazine. Mendez stated that J.T. Codd hired Owens to help him out and "he became sort of like a handyman-helper."
Police believe that the murders occurred on or around March 12. Thus far, Owens has been arrested on two counts of first-degree murder, felony murder of an unborn child, breaking and entering, and larceny. He has not yet entered a plea bargain.