UPDATE: Pair Charged in Martin Co. Triple Murder Appear in Court

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UPDATE 9/4/14 @ 6:41 p.m.
MARTIN COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- A pair accused of murdering three people in Martin County, Kentucky were back in court Thursday.

Jack Smith and Amanda Bowen are charged with the murder of Tina Goble, her boyfriend, Cannie Johnson, and Goble's granddaughter Trinity Maynard, who was only 8-years-old.

Investigators said all three were shot and stabbed to death. They were found at Goble's burned out home in Inez.

In court, both Bowen and Smith were seemingly emotionless.

WSAZ.com is also learning more about another altercation Martin County Sheriff's said involved Jack Smith, the night before the fire.

Jack Smith and Amanda Bowen didn't just have to face a judge in court, they also had to see the family of the three people they're accused of killing for prescription pills and jewelry.

"I just hope that justice is served to whoever had brought this upon our family," said Trinity's father, Tim Goble.

Tim Goble knows loss unlike ever before. His mother, Tina Goble, stepfather, Cannie Johnson, and daughter, Trinity Maynard, died inside a burned home on Upper James Lane in Inez last month.

The coroner said gunshots and stab wounds killed them, not the fire.

"For a crime like this to happen to anybody, it would just have to be evil," Tim Goble said.

Bowen didn't enter a plea, but the judge entered a "not guilty" plea on her behalf.

Meanwhile, Smith entered his own "not guilty" plea.

Both are charged with triple murder and Smith is also facing an arson charge.

The Martin County Sheriff said 911 tapes connect Smith to a violent shooting incident the night before the fire.

An excerpt of one call to dispatchers that night:

911: "So they actually shot into your house?"
CALLER: "Yes, yes, yes, they just tried to shoot my brother at the door."
911: "What was the guy's name?"
CALLER: "Uh, Dave, uh, Smith."

The sheriff wouldn't elaborate on how that incident plays into the death of these three people, but he said it's all being connected.

For now, the family waits for answers.

"I'm not going to let these people guilty or not, ruin mine or my family's lives ... because that's not what the three loved ones we've lost, that's not what they'd want," Tim Goble said.

Bowen and Smith are set to be back in Martin County court in December.

In court Thursday, the judge ordered Bowen and Smith have no contact, and also ordered Bowen to be moved out of the Big Sandy Detention Center to Floyd County.



UPDATE 9/4/14 @ 12 p.m.
MARTIN COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- The man and woman charged with killing three people in Martin County last month were in court Thursday morning for their arraignment on murder charges.

Investigators say Jack D. Smith, 41, and Amanda Bowen, 26, both of Inez, murdered Tina Goble, 42, her granddaughter Trinity, 8, and Tina's boyfriend, Cannie Johnson, 47.

Their bodies were found in Goble’s burned out home in Inez on August 16.

Smith and Bowen are each charged with three counts of murder/complicity, three counts of robbery/complicity, and one count of tampering with physical evidence/complicity.

Smith is also charged with arson, while Bowen is charged with being a persistent felony offender.

During the hearing in Martin County Circuit Court, Smith pleaded not guilty to all the charges against him, while the judge entered not guilty pleas for Bowen after her attorney said his client did not wish to enter a plea.

Both will be back in court in December for pretrial hearings.

Smith remains in the Big Sandy Detention Center, while Bowen is being transferred to Floyd County Jail to avoid contact with Smith.

Both are being held on $5 million cash bond.

According to the arrest warrants, all three victims were shot and stabbed, and that Smith and Bowen stole various items from the home, including medications and jewelry.

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UPDATE 8/27/14
MARTIN COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Funeral services are now set for the three people found murdered in a burned out home in Martin County, Ky.

Jack D. Smith, 41, and Amanda Bowen, 26, both of Inez, are charged with the murders of Tina Goble, 42, her granddaughter, Trinity Mayanrd, 8, and Tina's boyfriend, Cannie Johnson, 47.

Their bodies were found in Goble’s burned out home in Inez on August 16.

Smith and Bowen were each indicted last week on three counts each of murder/complicity, three counts each of robbery/complicity, and one count each of tampering with physical evidence/complicity.

Smith was also charged with one count of arson, while Bowen was charged with being a persistent felony offender.

Family members say the visitation for Tina, Trinity and Cannie is set for Thursday from 9 am to 9 p.m. at Phelps and Sons funeral Home in Inez. The funerals are set for 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.

According to the arrest warrants for Smith and Bowen, all three victims were shot and stabbed several times.

The pair is scheduled to be arraigned on the charges September 4. Each continues to be held on a $5 million cash bond.



UPDATE 8/21/14 @ 3:15 p.m.
MARTIN COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) – The two people already in jail for the murder of three people in Martin County, Ky. now face additional charges following a grand jury indictment Thursday morning

Troopers arrested Jack D. Smith, 41, of Inez, hours after the bodies of Tina Goble, 42, her granddaughter, Trinity, 8, and Tina's boyfriend, Cannie Johnson, 47, were found in Goble’s burned out home in Inez early Saturday morning .

Amanda Bowen, 26, also of Inez, was arrested later that day on an unrelated drug charge.

Thursday morning, a Martin County Grand Jury indicted Smith and Bowen on three counts each of murder/complicity, three counts each of robbery/complicity, and one count each of tampering with physical evidence/complicity.

Smith was also charged with one count of arson, while Bowen was charged with being a persistent felony offender.

According to the arrest warrants for Smith and Bowen filed by Kentucky State Police on on Monday, the three victims were shot and stabbed.

Coroner Joe Mullins tells WSAZ.com that preliminary autopsy results show each person was shot twice and stabbed multiple times.

Troopers say in the warrant that Smith and Bowen placed bloody clothing, knives and items stolen from Goble’s home in a bag and then removed it from their residence in an attempt to conceal evidence.

The warrant also says the pair stole various items from the home, including medications and jewelry.

An arraignment date for Smith and Bowen has not been set.

Each continues to be held on a $5 million cash bond.

Kentucky State Police continue to have a trooper at the crime scene to ensure that no evidence is tampered with.

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UPDATE 8/20/14 @ 6:50 p.m.
MARTIN COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- A second arrest has been made in connection with the murder of three people found in a burned out home in Martin County, Kentucky.

Police said the victims, including a little girl, just 8 years old, were stabbed and shot.

As investigators continue to work at the charred home on Upper James Lane, new heartbreaking details are emerging from court documents about what may have happened before the fire.

"It's hard to see somebody in this tight community go away especially an 8-year old," said Jasper Davis.

Davis knows the family that lived in the burned home. He said his daughter played with the little girl living there.

"They was wanting her to stay all night, and I'm lucky my stepdaughter didn't stay up there, you know," he said.

Amanda Bowen and Jack Smith are both charged with triple murder in the case, along with robbery and tampering with evidence.

According to court documents, the pair shot and stabbed Tina Goble, Cannie Johnson, Jr., and a minor, T.M, who family members said is Trinity Maynard, 8.

Investigators also said the two stole medication and jewelry from the home.

State Police said Bowen and Smith tried to hide bloody clothing, knives and stolen items in a bag.

"I didn't think they'd do something like this to tell you the truth, but my heart just goes out to the friends and family, in this tight community you know," Davis said.

Kentucky State Police said they are waiting for final autopsy results and a positive ID to come back on the bodies.

Amanda Bowen and Jack Smith are being held on a $5 million cash bond. Both are set to be in court in Martin County next week.



UPDATE 8/20/14 @ 10:15 a.m.
MARTIN COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) – A second person has now been arrested and charged in connection with the murder of three people in Martin County Saturday.

Kentucky State Police charged Amanda Bowen, 26, of Inez, with three counts of murder, one count of robbery and one count of tampering with evidence.

Troopers arrested Jack D. Smith, 41, of Inez, hours after the bodies of Tina Goble, 42, her granddaughter Trinity, 8, and Tina's boyfriend, Cannie Johnson, 47, were found in Goble’s burned out home.

Smith is also charged with three counts of murder, one count of robbery and one count of tampering with evidence.

The fire started early Saturday morning in Goble's home on Upper James Lane in Inez. All three were found inside when firefighters got to the scene.

According to the arrest warrants for Smith and Bowen filed by KSP on Monday, the three victims were shot and stabbed.

The warrant also says the pair stole various items from the home, including medications and jewelry.

Troopers say in the warrant that Smith and Bowen “concealed physical evidence by placing her bloody clothing, knives and items stolen from the residence of Tina Goble in a bag and removing it from their residence in an attempt to conceal the evidence from being used in an official proceeding.”

Martin County Coroner, Joe Mullins, tells WSAZ.com that preliminary autopsy results show that all three people were shot twice and stabbed multiple times.

Mullins also says they are under the assumption the victims were killed before the fire was set.

Bowen, who lives at the same address as Smith, was originally arrested Saturday on unrelated drug charges.

Bowen is being held in Floyd County Jail on a $5 million cash bond.

Smith remains in Big Sandy Regional Detention Center on a $5 million cash bond. .

The preliminary hearing for both Bowen and Smith is set for next Tuesday in Martin County.

Details on how the fire started has not been released.

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UPDATE 8/18/14 @ 10 p.m.
INEZ, Ky. (WSAZ) – The reality of so much loss all at once is overwhelming for family of the three victims who died in a fire Saturday morning in Inez.

Tim Goble lost his daughter, mother, and stepfather.

"I keep feeling like this is a nightmare I'm going to wake up from," Goble said. "I'll usually break down and cry. Time will go, and I'll start to feel numb."

Goble serves as a volunteer firefighter himself in Paintsville. No call he's ever responded to could come close to preparing him for this.

His daughter Trinity had just started third grade.

"She was honestly the greatest kid you'd ever meet,” he said. "She would talk to anybody, especially if they were acting sad or down. She would always try to make them happy, make them feel better."

He says his mother Tina loved being a spoiling grandma.

"She loved my daughter more than anything in this world,” he said. “There's not a thing she wouldn't have done for my daughter, and my stepfather was the same way."

Goble says he doesn't know anything about Jack D. Smith, the suspect charged in the deadly fire, and he can't fathom any reason why anyone would intentionally do this. He says right now he doesn't want to dwell on that.

“Whether or not this guy is guilty is not up for us to decide right now,” he said. “Everyone is truly trying to come together and talk about the good times we had with the loved ones we lost."

Goble says Trinity's school is planning to have a candlelight service Tuesday evening.



UPDATE 8/18/14 @ 5:27 p.m.
MARTIN COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- A man has been arraigned on triple murder charges after a deadly house fire in Martin County, Kentucky.

The fire raged early Saturday morning.

Kentucky State Police arrested Jack D. Smith, 41, hours later.

Addresses on the citation documents show his home is a little more than a mile from the charred home.

Neighbors are in shock Jack Smith was arrested in connection with the Saturday morning fire that killed three people.

Family members said the fire killed Tina Goble, her granddaughter Trinity, just 8 years old, and Tina's boyfriend, Cannie Johnson.

"I never thought he'd do something like that, ever," said neighbor Cansas Davis.

They describe Smith as an acquaintance to the family. He was arraigned in court on three murder charges, first-degree robbery, and tampering with evidence.

He's also facing four drug charges after investigators found a variety of pills in his possession.

"He seemed like he's an OK person, like you could talk to him every day," Davis said.

Family members also said they were told an arson dog picked up a scent 26 times, indicating a lot of gasoline was used.

"They was taking it hard to begin with," Davis said. "Now they find that out, they're taking it even harder."

The Martin County Coroner tells WSAZ.com efforts are underway to determine when and how the three died.

They're also working to get positive IDs.

A closer look at citation documents show there could be another suspect in the case.

Kentucky court records show a woman named Amanda Bowen, who lives at the same address as Smith, also was arrested during the weekend on unrelated drug charges.

The narrative shows she was taken into custody as "a possible suspect in a homicide case in Martin County."

Kentucky State Police have not confirmed if she is linked to the investigation, and Bowen has not been charged in the case.

WSAZ.com spoke with the father of Trinity Goble, who said Bowen is Smith's girlfriend.

He also said he's never heard of any altercations or problems with Smith before.

Right now, he said he's making funeral arrangements for the family.

Jack Smith is set to be back in Martin County court Tuesday morning.



UPDATE 8/18/14 @ 11:15 a.m.
MARTIN COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) – A man from Inez has been charged three counts of murder in connection with a deadly fire in Martin County, Ky. early Saturday morning.

Kentucky State Police arrested Jack D. Smith, 41, late Saturday night. In addition to the murder charges, Smith is also charged with 1st degree robbery, tampering with evidence and several drug charges, according to the criminal citation.

Family members of the victims say Trinity Maynard, 8, Tina Goble, 42, and Cannie Johnson, 47, were all killed.

Neighbors said they heard an explosion early Saturday morning, and in seconds, the house on Upper James Lane in Inez was on fire.

All three were found inside when firefighters got to the scene. Their bodies were sent to the State Medical Examiner's office for autopsies.

"It's a big investigation," said Martin County Deputy Coroner Ronnie Mathis.

Mathis said he is handling the case.

Smith is expected to be arraigned on the charges in Martin County District Court Monday morning. He is being held in the Big Sandy Detention Center.

A motive has not been released.

A fundraiser was started on GoFundMe.com, to help the family pay for funeral costs: http://www.gofundme.com/d52n1k.

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UPDATE 8/17/14 @ 6:00 p.m.
MARTIN COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) --Three people were killed in a devastating house fire in Martin County, Kentucky.

Family members of the victims say 8-year-old Trinty Maynard, 42-year-old Tina Goble, and 47-year-old Cannie Johnson were all killed. Trinity was in the care of her grandmother, Tina, and was living in the home with her and Tina's boyfriend, Johnson. Family members tell WSAZ.com the three were very close.

Trinity just started third grade in Martin County. She was a very intelligent young girl, with a bright future. Tina was fighting health problems and family says, Cannie and Trinity were by her side.

The fire started early Saturday morning in their home on Upper James Lane in Inez. All three were found inside when firefighters got to the scene. Their bodies have been sent to the State Medical Examiner's office for autopsies.

Kentucky State Police are investigating. They spent Sunday combing through rubble and ashes. No cause has been released and State Police have not said if the fire is suspicious. We'll continue to reach out to them for answers.

The family says funeral arrangements are pending.



UPDATE 8/16/14 @ 5:42 p.m.
MARTIN COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Three people were killed in a devastating house in Martin County, Kentucky.

Neighbors said they heard an explosion early Saturday morning, and in seconds, the house was in flames.

One neighbor described the frightening moments as she rushed to call 911.

"In the blink of an eye, as soon as that blast went off, the whole house went up in flames," said Cansas Davis.

Davis recounted startling moments after a loud "boom" early Saturday.

Her neighbor's home in Inez is charred by fire, inside, three people she knew were killed.

"It's like I'm fighting my tears back, because I've got kids at home and I told them that they moved because I didn't know what else to tell them," Davis said.

She said it's especially tough because one of them was a child.

"It hurts ten times worse that I did know them, I was just up there yesterday, me and my babies both was," she said.

Martin County Sheriff's deputies and Kentucky State Police joined fire and rescue crews on the scene.

The state fire marshal and several Kentucky State Police Arson Investigators also stood outside the rubble on Upper James Lane.

Investigators told WSAZ.com there were still bodies inside.

"It's hard to even talk about it," Davis said.

She said her family tried to help the three out, but it was too dangerous.

"There was stuff falling from the ceiling and stuff so they couldn't go in," said Davis.

Now, she said it's a waiting game, as she wonders what caused the fire and why people she knew and loved died this way.

"Pray for the family, they're good people," she said.

Kentucky State Police are still investigating the cause of the fire.

We're told all three people inside were pronounced dead when investigators arrived. Their bodies have been sent to the State Medical Examiner's office for autopsy and ID.


ORIGINAL STORY 8/16/14
MARTIN COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Three people are dead after a house fire on Coldwater Road near Upper James Lane in Inez.

Sheriff's dispatchers could not elaborate on whether adults or children were involved in the fire.

Dispatchers tell WSAZ.com, the flames were reported around 3:38 a.m. Saturday.

We're told crews are still fighting the fire.

According to dispatchers, the Martin County Sheriff's Office, Kentucky State Police Arson Investigator, State Police and Inez Volunteer Fire and Rescue are all on-scene.

No word yet on a cause.

We have a crew headed to the scene. Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for more on this developing story.


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