Robert Jason Owens has pled guilty to three counts of second-degree murder and two counts of dismemberment in the murder case involving Cristie Schoen Codd and her husband Joseph ‘JT’ Codd who went missing in 2015.
Although investigators said his story cannot be confirmed, Owens alleges he accidentally ran over the couple with his truck and tried to cover up his tracks because he was banned from driving at the time.
Investigators said he burned JT’s body in a wood stove in his trailer and moved Cristie’s body home. He then cut her up in the shower and placed her body parts in plastic bags before burning her as well.
Owens alleges he tried to save Cristie, who was five months pregnant at the time, after he hit her.
District Attorney Todd Williams observed in a statement that the murders “are among the most disturbing killings in Buncombe County history.”
The couple was reported missing on March 15, 2015. Investigators said that Owens had been using the couples’ cell phones to text their family members that they weren’t feeling well. He was also pawning off their possessions and dumping their belonging in a dumpster to hide evidence. He then used the money he made to take his wife out to dinner.
In a statement, Owens told the families of his victims, “I want you to know that I am sincerely sorry because of the loss of [your loved] ones, the pain and suffering that has caused you.”
Citizen-Times reports Cristie’s brother told Owens, “You robbed our family — you robbed future generations.”
Owens was sentenced to a minimum of 59.5 years in prison.
The following news report was from 2015, when Ownes was first arrested:
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