NC man pleads guilty to murdering Food Network contestant, her unborn child, husband
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WSPA) – Robert Jason Owens has pleaded guilty to three counts of second-degree murder and two counts of dismembering bodies.
CLICK FOR MORE PHOTOS OF THE COUPLEThe judge sentenced Owens to a minimum of 60 years in prison.
The plea took the death penalty off the table.
As part of the plea, a robbery with a weapon charged was dropped.
Owens was arrested in March 2015 after investigators say he murdered his Leicester neighbors and their unborn child.
The remains of Cristie and J.T Codd were found in a wood stove on Owens’ property.
Cristie Codd appeared on “Food Network Star.”
In August 2015, the Buncombe County District Attorney filed a notice of intent to seek the death penalty.
Owens said he accidentally ran over JT and Cristie while JT was working on his truck.
He was worried about being arrested and going back to prison, so he dismembered both their bodies before burning and disposing of