A Fargo Worth Crime in Real Life
A North Carolina man pleaded guilty this week to killing a pregnant Food Network chef and her husband.
Robert Jason Owens was charged with three counts of second-degree
murder and two counts of dismembering remains in the March 2015 event
that resulted in the mutilation and wood stove burning of expectant
"Food Network Star" contestant Cristie Schoen Codd, 38, and her husband,
Joseph (JT) Codd, 45.
Owens told investigators in March that he accidentally ran over the
couple while they were helping him with car troubles. Fearing
manslaughter charges, Owens burned their bodies, he told police.
The 37-year-old then tried to stage a hoax robbery involving the
couple, authorities said. He pawned the family's belongings and moved
their vehicles, according to the Asheville Citizen-Times.
Owens' attorney claimed his client was "heavily impaired" on
Owens had worked as a contractor for the Codds and became a suspect in
their disappearance when a neighbor spotted him putting "unusually
large" trash bags in a dumpster outside his home.
prescription medication for a mental illness during the time of the
deadly incident, which District Attorney Todd Williams called "among the
most disturbing killings in Buncombe County history,"