published Saturday, March 15th, 2014

Bond set at $1 million in slayings of 4

A Cumberland County judge has set a $1 million bond for one of two people accused in the September 2013 slayings of three teens and an adult in an area called Renegade Mountain.

Criminal Court Judge David Patterson set the bond Thursday for Brittany Lina Yvonn Moser, 25.

The judge also denied motions by co-defendant Jacob Allen Bennett, 26, to dismiss the indictment and to rule out the possibility of the death penalty in the case, according to Sam Boevers, of 13th Judicial District Attorney Randy York's office in Crossville, Tenn.

Bennett and Moser are charged with four counts of felony murder and two counts of attempted aggravated robbery in the killings of Danielle Jacobson, 22; Steven Presley, 17; Dominic Davis, 17; and John Lajeunesse, 16.

Both have pleaded not guilty.

Bennett is being held without bond. Authorities claim he was the gunman, and the state has said it intends to seek the death penalty if he is convicted.

Bennett is charged with first-degree murder, linked to the felony murder counts through the associated attempted robbery charges in the capital murder case, Boevers said Friday.

A car containing their bodies was discovered by a resident of the community on Sept. 12, according to authorities. The car was driven by Jacobson. Renegade Mountain is about 50 miles west of Knoxville.

Bennett had been sentenced to six years in prison in 2010 after pleading guilty to a series of charges in Cumberland and Fentress counties, including being a convicted violent felon in possession of a firearm and theft, according to court records. He had been released on parole from the Hardeman County Correctional Facility in March 2013.

Contact staff writer Ben Benton at bbenton@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6569.

about Ben Benton...

Ben Benton is a news reporter at the Chattanooga Times Free Press. He covers Southeast Tennessee and previously covered North Georgia education. Ben has worked at the Times Free Press since November 2005, first covering Bledsoe and Sequatchie counties and later adding Marion, Grundy and other counties in the northern and western edges of the region to his coverage. He was born and raised in Cleveland, Tenn., a graduate of Bradley Central High School. Benton ...

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