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Two more murder suspects nabbed

Mar 13, 2012 - By Christina George, Staff Writer

Authorities on Monday night made two more arrests in connection with the arson and related homicides of Eric Clinton Likes and Elva Charlotte Quiver in Hudson in November.

Fremont County Sheriff's Capt. Ryan Lee said authorities captured Joseph Jude Jenkins, 20, of Arapahoe, and Samantha June Hanway, 20, of Ethete, at about 9 p.m. on March 12 at a residence on Trout Creek Road in Fort Washakie.

Sister charged

Prosecutors charged Samantha Hanway with two counts of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, four counts of first-degree murder, one count of first-degree arson and two counts of aggravated robbery.

Hanway's arrest also included an unrelated misdemeanor county warrant.

Jenkins faces four counts of first-degree murder, two counts of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, two counts of conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery, two counts of aggravated robbery and one count of first-degree arson.

Prosecutors could seek the death penalty for the first-degree murder charges.

Investigators believe the two are connected with the November homicides of Quiver, 20, of the Wind River Indian Reservation, and her boyfriend, Likes, 42, of Hudson.

Firefighters found the couple's bodies inside a mobile home in Hudson after putting out a fire on the evening of Nov. 17.

Authorities say Likes and Quiver were dead before the trailer caught fire.

They had been stabbed multiple times.

Lee said Samantha Hanway and Jenkins are at the Fremont County Detention Center in Lander on $1 million and $2 million bails, respectively.

The two join their alleged accomplice, Laziur Stephen Hanway Jr., 19, of Ethete, who police arrested last Thursday on four counts of first-degree murder, a count of first-degree arson and two counts of aggravated robbery.

Samantha Hanway and Laziur Hanway Jr. are siblings, Lee said.

Jenkins and Samantha Hanway will make an initial appearance March 14 in Riverton Circuit Court.

Laziur Hanway Jr. had his initial appearance last Friday, where Judge Wesley Roberts set his bail at $2 million cash. His March 14 preliminary hearing has been continued.

Main suspects arrested

"From a public safety standpoint, I believe we have apprehended all of the main suspects directly involved with these murders," Lee said in a news release. "The investigation has spread over most of Fremont County to include Hudson, Ethete, Fort Washakie and Riverton."

The investigation involved multiple agencies including the Fremont County Sheriff's Office, Bureau of Indian Affairs, FBI, the Fremont County Coroner's Office and the Riverton Police Department.

"The investigation is still ongoing and will be for several more months," Lee said. "The amount of time and effort put forth by all those involved in this difficult investigation has been tremendous."

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