State seeks death penalty in Buncombe Co. couple’s murder

Joseph “J.T.” and Cristie Codd

BUNCOMBE COUNTY, NC  (WSPA) – Robert Jason Owens, 36, faces two counts of first-degree murder and one count of murder of an unborn child.

Joseph “J.T.” Codd, 45, and his wife, TV star Cristie Codd, 38, and their unborn child were murdered on Mar. 12. Robert Jason Owens, 36, faces two counts of first degree murder .
Joseph “J.T.” Codd, 45, and his wife, TV star Cristie Codd, 38, and their unborn child were murdered on Mar. 12. Robert Jason Owens, 36, faces two counts of first degree murder and one count of murder of an unborn child. Click on the image to see more photos related to this story.

The Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office said Owens murdered Joseph “J.T.” Codd, 45, and his wife, Cristie Codd, 38, and their unborn child on Mar. 12. The couple’s remains were later found in a wood stove on Owens’ property, investigators said. Codd appeared on “Food Network Star.”

Click on the image to see more photos of the victims and the suspect.
Click on the image to see more photos of the victims and the suspect.

The District Attorney filed a Notice of Intent to Seek Death Penalty against Owens.

Owens was questioned – but never charged – in the disappearance – and presumed murder – of Zebb Quinn, 18. Quinn disappeared in January 2000. Asheville police detectives said Owens was the last person to see Quinn, who was an acquaintance of Owens’.

The search warrant documents show that detectives found several plastic bags “containing possibly pulverized lime or powdered mortar mix,” underneath Owens’ house during a search on Mar. 30. The documents also detail a conversation between a detective and an unidentified Owens’ relative. The relative told the detective that Owens poured concrete over a large hole on his property sometime after Quinn vanished.

According the the documents, the relative told the detective that Owens said he poured the concrete to build a fish pond, but never built one.

The Asheville Police Department would not comment on the information contained in the search warrants because the investigation is ongoing

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