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Man arrested in deaths of TV cooking show finalist, husband

March 18, 2015

ASHEVILLE, North Carolina (AP) — Authorities have charged a man with first-degree murder in the deaths of a finalist from the TV show “Food Network Star,” her husband and their unborn child.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reported Wednesday (http://avlne.ws/1MGHPqo) that Robert Jason Owens is being held without bond in the deaths of 38-year-old Cristie Schoen Codd and 45-year-old Joseph Codd.

Cristie Codd was a movie-set caterer and past finalist on “Food Network Star.”

Sheriff Van Duncan says the 36-year-old Owens did odd jobs for the couple. They were reported missing Sunday.

The newspaper says Owens was previously suspected 15 years ago in the disappearance of a college student. The body of 18-year-old Zebb Quinn was never found.

A phone message seeking comment from Owens’ lawyer was not returned.

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