UPDATE: Court appearance continued in Robert Jason Owens case
BUNCOMBE COUNTY, N.C. -- An administrative hearing for Robert Jason Owens, originally scheduled for Tuesday, May 31, 2016, has been continued.
Owens, 37, of Buncombe County, is charged with killing Cristie and J.T. Codd and their unborn child. They went missing in March of 2015, and burned human remains were found on his property nearby.
The couple was reported missing March 14, 2015, from their home in Leicester, after family members couldn't get in contact with them.
Days later, dismembered remains were found in a wood stove on Owens' property, investigators said.
In warrants, police say Owens admitted to the killings on March 16th.
Officials have said that the couple hired Owens, reportedly a neighbor, to do work on their home.
In addition to two counts of first-degree murder, Owens is charged with two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, two counts of dismembering human remains, and murder of an unborn child.
Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against Owens.
Owens was also originally a person of interest in the disappearance of Zebb Quinn, a teen who went missing in 2000. Owens was reportedly the last person Quinn was seen with.
In the summer of 2015, while investigating the Codd homicide, investigators say they found fabric, leather materials, and "unknown hard fragments" buried on the property of a murder suspect possibly in connection to the disappearance of Zebb Quinn, 18.
According to search warrant documents, these items were found under a layer of concrete on Robert Jason Owens' property.
The next court appearance has yet to be announced.
News 13 will continue to follow this story and bring you updates as they are available.