Update: Suspect in custody in Cumberland shooting deaths

2:12 pm | September 13, 2013

The Cumberland County shooting deaths suspect at one time lived in and has been arrested in Carter County, but his most recent address is in Crab Orchard, according to Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Public Information Officer Kristin Helm.

In March 2009, Bennett was arrested by Elizabethton Police Department Detective Christopher Bowers on a warrant out of Cumberland County for theft over $1,000.

 

Earlier report:

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Public Information Officer Kristin Helm is receiving conflicting reports about whether the suspect in the shooting deaths of four people in Cumberland County is from Carter County.

James Allen Bennett

James Allen Bennett

 

Earlier report:

CROSSVILLE — The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says it has arrested a suspect in the shooting deaths of four people in a car in the former Renegade Mountain resort in Cumberland County.

TBI Director Mark Gwyn said in a press conference Friday that Jacob Allen Bennett was arrested on a parole violation in Rhea County late Thursday.

TBI Public Information Officer Kristin Helm confirmed Bennett is from Carter County.

Gwyn said law enforcement officials “believe that we have the person that committed these crimes.”

A car containing the bodies was discovered by a resident of the community about 50 miles west of Knoxville on Thursday morning. The victims were identified as 22-year-old Danielle Jacobson, 16-year-old John Lajeunesse and two 17 year olds, Steven Presley and Dominic Davis.

Law enforcement officials declined to discuss any possible motives for the shootings.

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