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How Nebraska law enforcement found evidence linking man to Laurel murders

Written by Javed Iqbal

Investigators said a series of physical evidence at two crime scenes led them to the man suspected of killing four people Thursday in Laurel, Nebraska. Court documents reveal how Nebraska police compiled evidence against 42-year-old Jason Jones, who was found by a State Patrol SWAT team badly burned in his home across the street from one of the murder scenes. Around. At 3:11 a.m., Laurel Fire and EMS first arrived at the scene and located a woman lying inside the back door of the residence in a pool of blood,” according to court documents. The woman, identified as 53-year-old Michele Ebeling, was pronounced dead at the scene. According Ebeling appeared to have suffered two gunshot wounds, one to the chest and one to the head. Burn marks were observed on the floor, walls and furniture at the first crime scene, indicating a fire, according to court documents. First responders also observed the smell of smoke and the smell of gasoline from inside the house. According to court documents, law enforcement also saw a red fuel can inside the front door of the residence and a “discolored mark on the floor,” indicating an accelerant was used. After obtaining a search warrant According to court documents, officers found a black backpack in the kitchen of the first residence.Several receipts were inside the backpack, including one dated Aug. 3 at 4:41 p.m., for a Cubby ‘s gas station in Laurel. The credit card used for the purchase was in the name of Jason Jones. There was also a receipt for Fleet Farm in Sioux City for the purchase of a 6-gallon auto-shutoff gas can along with a fuel tank and camping backpack. A third receipt was for Rath’s Mini Mart in Laurel, dated August 3rd at 19:49. According to court documents, law enforcement found video from a security camera at Rath’s Mini Mart that shows Jones pumping gas into two cans just before 1 p.m. 20 Wednesday. at the second crime scene, first responders found smoke and soot damage consistent with a fire, according to court documents. Law enforcement found three deceased parties, all with gunshot wounds, inside the residence. The three victims in the second residence were identified as 86-year-old Gene Twiford, 85-year-old Janet Twiford and 55-year-old Dana Twiford. Further investigation of the scene revealed that a pry bar was used to gain access to the back door of the residence, which investigators found on the ground near the back door, according to court documents. A magazine for a firearm was also found in that area, and law enforcement found a firearm and a Molotov cocktail inside the residence, according to court documents. The firearm found in the residence was identified as a black Ruger 57, which records show was purchased. of Jones in 2021, according to court documents. When Jones was taken into custody, law enforcement said he had severe burns. Nebraska State Police said he was transported to a Lincoln hospital and is in serious condition Friday morning. According to court documents, Jones was arrested on four counts of first-degree murder, two counts of first-degree arson and four counts of using a firearm to commit a felony.

Investigators said a series of physical evidence at two crime scenes led them to the man suspected killed four people on Thursday in Laurel, Nebraska.

Court documents reveal how Nebraska police compiled evidence against 42-year-old Jason Jones, who was found by a State Patrol SWAT team badly burned in his home across the street from one of the murder scenes.

Around 3:11 a.m., Laurel Fire and EMS arrived at the first crime scene and located a woman “lying inside the back door of the residence in a pool of blood,” according to court documents.

The woman, identified as 53-year-old Michele Ebeling, was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to court documents, Ebeling appeared to have suffered two gunshot wounds, one to the chest and one to the head.

Burn marks were observed on the floor, walls and furniture at the first crime scene, indicating a fire had started, according to court documents. First responders also observed the smell of smoke and the smell of gasoline from inside the house.

According to court documents, law enforcement also saw a red fuel container inside the front door of the residence and a “discolored mark on the floor” indicating an accelerant was used.

After obtaining a search warrant, officers found a black backpack in the kitchen of the first residence, according to court documents. Several receipts were inside the backpack, including one dated August 3 at 4:41 p.m., to a Cubby’s gas station in Laurel. The credit card used for the purchase was in the name of Jason Jones. There was also a receipt for Fleet Farm in Sioux City for the purchase of a 6-gallon auto-shutoff gas can along with a fuel tank and camping backpack. A third receipt was for Rath’s Mini Mart in Laurel, dated August 3rd at 19.49

According to court documents, law enforcement found video from a security camera at Rath’s Mini Mart that shows Jones pumping gas into two cans just before 1 p.m. 20 Wednesday.

At the second crime scene, first responders found smoke and soot damage consistent with a fire, according to court documents.

Law enforcement found three deceased parties, all with gunshot wounds, inside the residence.

The three victims at the second residence were identified as 86-year-old Gene Twiford, 85-year-old Janet Twiford and 55-year-old Dana Twiford.

Further investigation of the scene revealed a pry bar was used to gain access to the back door of the residence, which investigators found on the ground near the back door, according to court documents. A magazine for a firearm was also found in that area, and law enforcement found a firearm and a Molotov cocktail inside the residence, according to court documents.

The firearm found in the residence was identified as a black Ruger 57, which records showed was purchased by Jones in 2021, according to court documents.

When Jones was taken into custody, police said he had severe burns. Nebraska State Police said he was transported to a Lincoln hospital and is in serious condition Friday morning.

According to court documents, Jones was arrested on four counts of first-degree murder, two counts of first-degree arson and four counts of using a firearm to commit a felony.

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