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The Nebraska State Patrol says the arrest has been made in connection with 4 homicides in Laurel

Written by Javed Iqbal

A 42-year-old man was arrested Friday in connection with the four killings early Thursday morning in Laurel, Nebraska, according to the State Patrol. Crime scene investigators found evidence linking Jason Jones, a Laurel resident, to the murders. After trying to get Jones to leave the home voluntarily, the Nebraska State Patrol SWAT Team entered the home and found Jones with severe burns, according to law enforcement. NSP said he was transported to a Lincoln hospital and is in serious condition Friday morning. The Nebraska State Patrol also believes gunfire played a role in the deaths at two separate homes in the northeast Nebraska town. Around 3 a.m., the Cedar County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call about an explosion at a residence in Laurel, and fire crews found one person dead inside the home, according to the Nebraska State Patrol. The victim in the first residence was identified as 53-year-old Michele Ebeling, according to the Nebraska State Patrol. When investigators arrived at the scene, another fire was reported a few blocks away, authorities said. Three people were found dead in the other residence, and fire crews worked to preserve evidence while putting out the fire, the State Patrol said. 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. Fire investigators believe accelerants may have been used in each of the fires, according to authorities. Officials are awaiting autopsies for the cause of death. The Nebraska State Patrol said there is no current danger to the Laurel community as a result of the arrest.

A 42-year-old man was arrested Friday in connection with the four killings early Thursday morning in Laurel, Nebraska, according to the State Patrol.

Crime scene investigators found evidence linking Jason Jones, a Laurel resident, to the murders.

After trying to get Jones to leave the home voluntarily, the Nebraska State Patrol SWAT Team entered the home and found Jones with severe burns, according to law enforcement. NSP said he was transported to a Lincoln hospital and is in serious condition Friday morning.

The Nebraska State Patrol also believes gunfire played a role in the deaths at two separate homes in the northeast Nebraska town.

Around 3 a.m., the Cedar County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call about an explosion at a residence in Laurel, and fire crews found one person dead inside the home, according to the Nebraska State Patrol.

The victim at the first residence was identified as 53-year-old Michele Ebeling, according to the Nebraska State Patrol.

When investigators arrived at the scene, another fire was reported a few blocks away, authorities said.

Three people were found dead in the second residence, and firefighters were working to preserve evidence while putting out the blaze, the State Patrol said.

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.

Fire investigators believe accelerants may have been used in each of the fires, according to authorities.

Officials are awaiting autopsies for the cause of death.

The Nebraska State Patrol said there is no current danger to the Laurel community as a result of the arrest.

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