Authorities have charged a North Carolina 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 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.”
Buncombe County 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.