Pregnant Food Network Personality and Husband Found Murdered

Cristie Schoen Codd and her husband JT Codd were found dead Monday in Leicester, NC. Police arrested 36-year-old Robert Jason Owens, a neighbor and contractor the couple had hired to work on their home, for the murder the same day.

Cristie, known as one of the contestants for the reality series Food Network Star, was pregnant at the time of her death. The couple both worked in show business — Cristie, 38, frequently worked as a chef and caterer for film sets, including the recent Will Smith vehicle Focus, and JT, 45, was a key grip for film and TV, Gawker reports. They were reported missing by family members after failing to show up to their work on film sets as scheduled.


Owens had reportedly broken into the Codds’ home Sunday night to steal a laptop, jewelry and a handgun. Owens is also still suspected of being complicit in the still-unexplained disappearance of 18-year-old Zeb Quinn in 2000.

Authorities have not clarified what Owens’s motive may have been. He is in custody and being charged with two counts of first degree murder, one count of murder of an unborn child, breaking and entering, and larceny after breaking and entering.

The video below covers the hunt for the young couple, as well as neighbors’ reactions to the incident.