Add'l person or persons questioned in Cumberland Co. murders

Additional person or persons questioned in Cumberland County murders

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Jacob Allen Bennett (source: Cumberland County Sheriff's Office) Jacob Allen Bennett (source: Cumberland County Sheriff's Office)
Rikki Jacobsen (top left), Domonic Davis (top right), Steven Presley (bottom left), John Lajeunesse (bottom right) (sources: family and yearbook photos) Rikki Jacobsen (top left), Domonic Davis (top right), Steven Presley (bottom left), John Lajeunesse (bottom right) (sources: family and yearbook photos)

By LAURA HALM
6 News Reporter

CROSSVILLE (WATE) - Officials in Cumberland County say they are questioning another person or persons who could be connected to the case of four people found shot to death in a car last week. The news came as the community made plans to hold a vigil in honor of the victims.

The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office says Jacob Allen Bennett, 26, of Crab Orchard was arrested on a parole violation in Rhea County last Friday.

He's being held in the Cumberland County jail, but has not been formally charged.

The victims, Rikki Jacobson, Steven Presley, Domonic Davis, and John Lajeunesse were found shot to death last week in a car in Renegade Mountain early Thursday morning.

Sheriff Butch Burgess says investigators are still working just as hard as they were last week and making headway.

Four flower arrangements are now resting at the crime scene.

Investigators with the Cumberland County Sheriff's Department are still collecting evidence and determining what happened.

"[We're] putting everything together and trying to get in a position where we can eventually, I think, go to the grand jury," said the sheriff.

No formal charges have been placed against Bennett, but District Attorney Gary McKenzie says investigators got search warrants for cell phone records.

McKenzie adds it's not clear how Bennett knew the victims, but investigators are looking at another person or persons who may have helped commit the crime, but not another shooter.

"Our main goal is to make sure this perpetrator pays for it. We know quite a bit about the situation but at is time we cannot put any of it out for public consumption," said Sheriff Burgess.

The community is now wondering where to go from here.

"One of the worst things that could happen to come out of this is nothing happening. We need to, and I think it'll happen. The people in the community will look and see where did we go wrong with these kids, or even the perpetrator."

A vigil for the four victims is scheduled for Monday night on the Cumberland County Courthouse lawn at 7 p.m. Attendees are asked to bring extra candles to share.

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