And investigators say they found human remains inside a wood stove in the home of the man charged with killing the finalist in season eight of the Food Network Star TV show, her husband and their unborn child.
Robert Jason Owens, 36, of Leicester, N.C., was charged earlier this week with first-degree murder and murder of an unborn child in the deaths of fellow Leicester residents Joseph “J.T.” Codd, 45, and his wife, Cristie Schoen Codd, 38. The couple had married in September.
Owens admitted to investigators that he had hit Codd with a pickup truck, according to a search warrant. The documents had no indication of how Schoen Codd, who went by her maiden name of Schoen professionally, was killed.
Owens, who knew the Codds because he had done remodeling at their home, also has been charged with breaking and entering and larceny, accused of breaking into the Codds’ home and stealing a laptop, jewelry and a Glock handgun with a combined value of $1,500, according to arrest warrants.