murder in the deaths of David Lueras, 42, Lauren

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Prosecutors in Texas said Monday that they will seek the death penalty for a man who authorities have said confessed to killing five people, including three whose dismembered bodies were found in a burning dumpster last year.

The Tarrant County district attorney’s office said they’ve filed the paperwork to seek the death penalty for Jason Thornburg, 41. He was arrested in September on a charge of capital murder in the deaths of David Lueras, 42, Lauren Phillips, 34, and Maricruz Mathis, 33. Their bodies were found in a burning dumpster in Fort Worth.


During an interview with police, Thornburg confessed to killing those three as well as his roommate and girlfriend, according to his arrest warrant.

Thornburg also faces a charge of murder in the death of his roommate, 61-year-old Mark Jewell. He was found dead in a house fire last May.

Tanya Begay, a Navajo woman from Gallup, New Mexico, went missing after taking a trip to Arizona with Thornburg in 2017.

In March, Thornburg was indicted by a grand jury on charges of first-degree murder, assault with intent to commit murder and assault resulting in serious bodily injury in the March 2017 slaying in the Navajo Nation of person listed as T.T.B., according to an indictment filed in U.S. district court for the district of Arizona.

Thornburg remained jailed in Fort Worth on over $1 million bond. His attorneys did not immediately return a message seeking comment on Monday.

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Teen accused of having, trading child porn allowed to go back to school after arrest, parents say
Michele Newell
Mon, May 16, 2022, 5:51 PM·2 min read
A 17-year-old Cobb County student is facing child porn charges and parents say he is still being allowed to show up to class.

Theodore Poulos is accused of collecting child pornography over a two-year period. He was arrested earlier this year but is currently out on bond.

The Kell High School student admitted to investigators that he had videos of child sexual abuse on his cellphone, in a folder that requires a password and we learned some of it was traded on Snapchat.

Investigators say they found multiple videos of boys engaging in sex acts with adult men.


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Channel 2′s Michele Newell spoke to upset parents who said Poulos is still going to school, and they want to know why.

Christina Smith is worried about her sister, who attends Kell High School with Poulos.

“It’s affecting my little sister day-to-day,” Smith said. “She’s anxious, she can’t focus on school work because she shares classes with this person.”

Smith said Poulos never faced disciplinary action from the school. She sent Newell emails she sent to the Cobb County School District, and said they were ignored.

“It’s very frustrating, because we are not even asking about the details that are going on with the student,” Smith said. “We are asking what they are doing to protect our students.”

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