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Man, girlfriend charged with killing 4 in Tenn. in attempted robbery during drug deal, report says

Jacob Bennett
WVLT
(CBS/AP) NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A grand jury has indicted a man and his girlfriend on murder charges in the shooting deaths of a woman and three teenagers in what prosecutors called a robbery during a pot deal in Tennessee.

On Friday, a Cumberland County grand jury indicted 26-year-old Jacob Bennett and 25-year-old Lina Moser on four felony murder and two attempted aggravated robbery charges. Bennett, who is accused of being the gunman, was also charged with four counts of premeditated murder.

Bennett and Moser are accused of trying to rob two of the victims during what the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation described as a marijuana exchange.

The bodies of 22-year-old Danielle Jacobson, 17-year-old Steven Presley, 17-year-old Dominic Davis and 16-year-old John Lajeunesse were found Sept. 12 in a car on Renegade Mountain, in the area of a former mountain resort in eastern Tennessee about 50 miles west of Knoxville.

Deputy District Attorney General Gary McKenzie initially said the suspect and the victims knew each other "to some degree."

Bennett was sentenced to two years in prison in 2010 after pleading guilty in Fentress County to theft-related charges and of being a convicted violent felon in possession of a firearm, according to court records.

Bennett was arrested a day after the bodies were found on a parole violation. Authorities said they identified him as a suspect in the case "pretty quickly." Moser was not arrested until today, reports CBS affiliate WVLT.

Information about whether Bennett and Moser have attorneys was not immediately available.

Complete coverage of the murders on Renegade Mountain on Crimesider

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