Crimetracker: TBI investigating 4 people found shot to death in Cumberland County


CRAB ORCHARD, Tenn. (WVLT/AP) --


Original Story-The man suspected of killing for people, including three teens, was captured in Rhea Co. around midnight. Jacob Allen Bennett was taken into custody on an unrelated charge, authorities announced early Friday afternoon. They have not filed charges related to the killings.

"I think the citizens of Cumberland County and Crossville can rest assured that we believe that we have the person that committed these crimes in custody. That this community is safe through the hard work of these agencies," said Mark Gwyn, director of the TBI.

"I just want to assure this county, these citizens that the District Attorney's office has the very best people that we have assigned to this case. And we're going to do everything that we possibly can to make sure justice is done," said Deputy District Attorney Gary Mckenzie.

Earlier, they released the names of the victims. The driver was identified as 22 year-old Danielle Jacobson, while the three teens in the passenger seats were identified as Steven Presley and Dominic Davis, both 17, and John Lajeunesse. Their bodies were taken to medical examiners for autopsy.

Cumberland Co. High School said it planned to have counselors on hand all day Friday to help students.

Bennett, 26, served nearly two months in jail in 2009 and over a year in 2010.

He was found in Rhea Co. and taken into custody for violation of parole "for the safety of the community."

Authorities said the investigation is still ongoing and they will still be collecting evidence on Friday.

"There's still some work that's going to be done on this case. Actually, there are agents right now who are still very hard at work to follow up on this case and as the Sheriff said, there was a lot of emotion that goes into this case, simply based on the age of these children," said Casey Cox, chief investigator for the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office.

According to the TBI, the car was found on Thursday near an abandoned guard shack at a resort community about 50 miles west of Knoxville.

Investigators say the crime is unusual because they don't normally investigate 4 homicides at one time. At a news conference Thursday afternoon, investigators said that this would be a lengthy investigation.

The Renegade Mountain Resort was built in 1969 as part of a gated community, and at one time had a lounge, restaurant, lodge and ski slope. The lodge burned down in 2000.

Homeowners association president John Moore said the resort's owners got rid of the controlled access in 2010. He said a resident found the bodies on the way to work in the morning.

Homeowners association president John Moore said the resort's owners got rid of the controlled access in 2010. He said a resident found the bodies on the way to work in the morning.


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