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Nebraska State Patrol arrested another person in connection with Laurel murder earlier this year

LINCOLN, Nebraska – An additional person has been taken into custody by investigators from the Nebraska State Patrol in connection with the quadruple homicide that took place in Laurel, Nebraska on August 4.

Carrie Jones, 43 years old, the wife of homicide suspect Jason Jones, was taken into custody by authorities early on Friday morning.

The phones that belong to Carrie Jones and Jason Jones have both been subjected to a forensic investigation as part of the continuing inquiry. According to the National State Police, as the investigation has moved forward, additional information has been discovered that points to Carrie Jones having played a role in the events leading up to the murders.

Gene Twiford, 86, his wife Janet Twiford, 85, and their daughter Dana Twiford, 55, were all found dead in their home at 503 Elm Street in Laurel in the early morning hours of August 4. According to the officials, the couple’s daughter, Dana Twiford, was the only survivor of the three people who were killed. The fourth victim, Michele Ebeling, was believed to have been slain in her house at 209 Elm Street a short while afterwards, according to the investigators. Ebeling was 53 years old. After the two people were killed, a fire was ignited in both of their homes.

Carrie Jones was taken into custody without a fight at her residence. She has been charged with first-degree murder, tampering with physical evidence, and being an accessory to a felony, therefore she is currently being held in the Antelope County Jail.

The charges that have been brought against Jason Jones include four counts of murder in the first degree, two acts of arson, and four counts of using a weapon during the commission of a felony. On January 23, he will have his arraignment hearing, at which he will either plead guilty or not guilty to the charges against him.

A large law enforcement presence could be seen in Laurel, Nebraska on Aug 4.
A large law enforcement presence could be seen in Laurel, Nebraska on Aug 4.(KTIV) 

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