Fire at property of suspect in cooking show contestant death

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Posted: Mar 24, 2015 8:44 AM

LEICESTER, N.C. (AP) — A fire has destroyed a structure on the property of a North Carolina man charged with killing a contestant from the TV show "Food Network Star," her husband and their unborn child.

Authorities told local media outlets Monday that they've ruled as suspicious a fire at unoccupied mobile home about 50 yards from the home of Robert Jason Owens.

Last week, authorities said they found human remains inside a wood stove at Owens' home near Asheville. He's been charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of Cristie Schoen Codd and her husband, Joseph "J.T." Codd.

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Cristie Codd was originally from Biloxi, Mississippi, and had worked as a movie-set caterer. She was a contestant and finalist on "Food Network Star" during its eighth season.