Court documents are revealing new information in the case of a quadruple homicide in Laurel, Nebraska on August 4th.
Jason Jones, 42, is charged in Cedar County Court with four counts of first-degree murder, two counts of first-degree arson and four counts of use of a firearm to commit a felony.
The charges stem from August 4th, when law enforcement was called to 209 Elm Street for a reported explosion. There they discovered 53-year-old Michelle Eberling dead inside, of apparent gunshot wounds. The home was reportedly also set on fire. A backpack with receipts for gas, gas cans and other items was found inside the home, purchased with a credit card registered to Jones.
A short time later, a second fire was reported in Laurel with three individuals, Gene Twiford, 86, Janet Twiford, 85 and Dana Twiford, 55, all of Laurel, later found dead inside of apparent gunshot wounds at their home at 503 Elm Street. A prybar was used to gain entrance to the Twiford home and that prybar was found inside the home by investigators. A pistol, licensed to Jones, was also found inside the house in the living room. A Molotov cocktail was also discovered in the Twiford's residence.
Jones was arrested at a home at 206 Elm Street the next morning, Aug. 5th, across the street from the first victim's residence. He was flown to a Lincoln hospital for treatment of severe burns.
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New search warrant documents say that investigators questioned Jones' wife Carrie on the day of the murders and have since seized and searched her cell phone. According to court documents, Jason Jones had burn injuries to his arms, legs and body.
Carrie Jones had given an interview to investigators where she stated that she peeled off what was left of Jones' clothing from his body when he arrived home, but investigators did not find any obvious signs of burnt clothing at the Jones' residence.
Documents also say that a witness advised that when the explosion took place at 209 Elm St., he ran to render aid. The witness says that he had contact with Carrie Jones on the property, which Carrie Jones later admitted to investigators.
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Jason Jones is the only person charged in the case and Nebraska State Patrol says he remains in the hospital.
His bond has been set at $5 million.
Siouxland News has been following this story since August 4th. Find our extended story on the initial investigation here.
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