Laurel quadruple homicide suspect makes first appearance, ordered to be held without bail
HARTINGTON, Neb. — A northeast Nebraska man accused of killing four people made his first appearance in Cedar County Court on Wednesday, with a judge revoking his bond.
42-year-old Jason Jones, of Laurel, appeared via videoconference on Thursday. He is charged with fatally shooting four people in Laurel and setting the victims' homes on fire in the early morning hours of Aug. 4.
Judge Douglas Luebe ordered that Jones be held without bail. Jones' next court appearance is scheduled for Dec. 7, when he is due for a preliminary hearing.
Jones had been hospitalized since being apprehended by authorities on Aug. 5. Authorities said Jones was found with severe burn injuries while they were serving a warrant at his home in Laurel. Jones was discharged Oct. 26 and transported to a Nebraska Department of Corrections facility in Lincoln.
The NSP identified the victims as 86-year-old Gene Twiford, 85-year-old Janet Twiford, 55-year-old Dana Twiford, as well as 53-year-old Michele Ebeling. The Twifords all lived in 503 Elm Street, which was the site of the second fire reported. Ebeling was found dead at her home at 209 Elm Street, which is where the first fire was located. Jones also lives on Elm Street.
This is a developing story. Stay tuned to News Channel Nebraska for updates.