Suspect arrested in Cumberland Co. shooting deaths

Suspect arrested, victims named in Cumberland Co. shooting deaths

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Jacob Allen Bennett (source: Cumberland County Sheriff's Department) Jacob Allen Bennett (source: Cumberland County Sheriff's Department)
Rikki Jacobsen (source: family) Rikki Jacobsen (source: family)
Domonic Davis (source: family) Domonic Davis (source: family)
John Lajeunesse (source: school yearbook) John Lajeunesse (source: school yearbook)
Steven Presley (source: school yearbook) Steven Presley (source: school yearbook)

CROSSVILLE (WATE) - A suspect was identified overnight in the shooting deaths of four people found in a vehicle in Cumberland County early Thursday morning. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has also now identified the victims.

At a press conference Thursday afternoon, Cumberland County and Tennessee Bureau of Investigation officials say Rhea County authorities took Jacob Allen Bennett, 26, of Crab Orchard, into custody overnight for a parole violation. He was later transported to Cumberland County. He has not yet been formally charged.

The victims were identified as Rikki Jacobsen, 22, Steven Presley, 17, Domonic Davis, 17, and John Lajeunesse, 16. Their bodies have been taken to the medical examiner's office for autopsy.

Cumberland County Director of Schools Donald Andrews says Davis was a student at Cumberland County High School, Presley was a graduate of Phoenix High School, and Lajeunesse was a former student of both Cumberland County High School and Stone Memorial High School who was being home schooled.

All three schools had grief counselors on hand Friday to offer support to students and staff.

"I know that this really affected a lot of the high school age kids," said Cumberland County Sheriff Butch Burgess. "I know there are lessons we can learn, whether we're parents, law enforcement or whoever. This is something that's traumatic and has never happened in our county before to this extent. But this is a wonderful county, and I think we can make something good come out of something so horrible."

A resident found the four victims with fatal gunshot wounds at Renegade Mountain in Cumberland County Thursday.

Cumberland County homicide investigators say they received a number of tips about the deaths.

Jacob Bennett's criminal history

In Fentress County, Bennett pleaded guilty in March of 2010 to theft over $500, Theft under $500, being a violent felon in possession of a firearm and attempted theft over $1,000. He was sentenced to 7 years in prison, but was only required to serve 30 percent of that time before parole.

Those sentences ran concurrently with another sentence from Cumberland County. There, he had been charged with theft over $1,000, forgery, and failure to appear in court.

Bennett was disciplined five times between 2011 and 2012 for things like possession of contraband and failure to report as scheduled. He was placed on probation in May 2009, but that was revoked and he was taken back to jail in March 2010.

He was then transferred to the Morgan County Correctional Complex in March 2011, to the South Central Correctional Facility in May 2011, and then to Hardeman County where he stayed until his parole in March 2013.

He was found in violation of that parole when he was arrested in Rhea County Friday morning.

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