Food network star murdered, neighbor arrested

Cristie SchoenA neighbor has been charged with murder in the deaths of a popular celebrity caterer, who was a finalist in season eight of the TV show Food Network Star, and her film grip husband.

Cristie Schoen Codd, 38, and her husband, Joseph J.T. Codd, 45, were reported missing by family members on Sunday. Cristie was reported to be five months pregnant with the couple’s first child.

Besides being a finalist in season eight of the TV show Food Network Star, she also worked as a caterer on several projects, including the upcoming Terminator Genisys and the Will Smith film Focus. Joseph was a Hollywood grip who had worked on the HBO series Carnivale.

Robert Jason Owens, 36, has been charged with two counts of felony first-degree murder, one felony count of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering and free text felony. The arrest warrants state that Owens “unlawfully, willfully and feloniously did of malice afterthought kill and murder” the Codds and their unborn child on March 12.

He’s also accused of stealing the Codds’ Glock handgun as well as jewelry and a laptop from their home. He currently is in custody at the Buncombe County Detention Facility. This is not the first time he has been linked to a murder. In 2000, he was a primary suspect in the disappearance and presumed killing of North Carolina teenager, Zebb Quinn.

According to the Citizen-Times, investigators were still trying to determine a motive and would not comment on the location of the couple’s remains or how they died. Police did report to the Citizen-Times that the couple had ties to the accused. Sheriff Van Duncan said Owens had done some construction work at the Codds’ home. “He had done some odd jobs for them,” Duncan said. “He owns a construction business.”

Fellow contestant and winner of season eight of Food Network Star, Justin M. Warner, tweeted that he was heartbroken and actors such as Arnold Schwarzenegger took to social media to express their shock and condolences about the deaths. ~ Suzanne Coolen

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  1. clifford wells • March 19, 2015 @ 11:43 AM

    Bring back the death penalty

  2. Andrea • March 19, 2015 @ 12:31 PM

    150 people on death row in North Carolina right now. They have the death penalty.

  3. Rick • March 19, 2015 @ 5:30 PM

    It’s a sad and cruel world that we live in, as the saying goes, “it’s the only one we have”. There will always be people with hate and greed in their hearts. Condolences to the family members who have to endure after this horrible tragedy. May the couple and their unborn child rest in peace. Let’s hope the perpetrator gets what he deserves.

  4. Debra • March 22, 2015 @ 10:25 AM

    here here bring back the death penalty

  5. Neil Fiertel • May 26, 2016 @ 1:44 PM

    You Americans and your Consititional rights to bear arms has opened up the Pandora’s box offering legal access to extremities of violence a trigger pull away. It is getting crazier and crazier year by year and I watch it safely from next door in Camada where one simply cannot obtain side arms without a bloody good reason and seriousness background checks and most often they are not permitted at all. Violence with the variety of machines designed for one purpose alone but to kill one another is presenting our very violent species the opportunities to do such things. A violent anti social society without a sense of compassion and that absurdist libertarian crypto fascist every man for himself attitude which was a part of Amerkca from day one has inevitably led to such acts.it will not change. I do not any longer want to cross the border.

  6. Candace • May 26, 2016 @ 3:10 PM

    We have murderers in Canada too. Somehow, killers get their hands on guns, whether it’s lawfully or not. And they also use knives and other methods. There were murders long before guns were invented. I’m not saying guns are okay or that it shouldn’t be harder for Americans to get their hands on them. I’m just saying there are evil people everywhere.

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