Mar 14, 2012 - By Christina George, Staff WriterOfficials say the three suspects in the arson and homicides at a mobile home in Hudson in November planned the murders and fire to cover up a robbery.
Details about the case continue to emerge with the recent arrests of Laziur Stephen Hanway Jr., 19, his sister, Samantha June Hanway, 20, both of Ethete, and Joseph Jude Jenkins, 20, of Arapahoe.
The three face several felony charges in connection with the homicides of Eric Clinton Likes and Elva Charlotte Quiver including first-degree murder, which can be punishable by the death penalty.
Jenkins and Samantha Hanway, who were arrested Monday at a Fort Washakie residence, made their initial court appearances Wednesday in Riverton Circuit Court before Judge Wesley Roberts.
Jenkins faces four counts of first-degree murder, two counts of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, one count of first-degree arson, two counts of aggravated robbery and two counts of conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery.
Samantha Hanway is charged with four counts of first-degree murder, two counts of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, a count of first-degree arson, and two counts of aggravated robbery.
Jenkins and Samantha Hanway remain in custody of the Fremont County Detention Center in Lander on a cash bail of $2 million and $500,000, respectively.
Roberts set the pair's preliminary hearings for March 21.
During Jenkins's nearly 30-minute hearing, Fremont County deputy attorney Patrick LeBrun asked that Jenkins's bail be continued at $2 million "in light of the seriousness of the charges" and the state's "strong" case against him.
Roberts read Jenkins his bond conditions, which include no contact with the other alleged defendants nor with family of the alleged victims.
"Why can't I have contact with my wife?" Jenkins asked, telling Roberts that Samantha Hanway is his wife.
"Because she is a co-defendant in the case," Roberts replied.
Samantha Hanway's emotional sniffles could be heard in the packed courtroom throughout her 20-minute hearing.
She told Roberts she had ties to Fremont County and was unemployed. "I substitute at the Head Start, but that's about it," she said.
Jenkins's and Samantha Hanway's alleged accomplice, Laziur Stephen Hanway Jr., was arrested March 8 on four charges of first-degree murder, one count of first-degree arson and two counts of aggravated robbery.
He remains in custody on a $2 million cash bond.
A blood-spotted cigarette lighter found near the trailer house fire scene eventually led investigators to Laziur Hanway.
During a search of Laziur Hanway's residence on 17 Mile Road, investigators discovered some of Likes' property and bloody clothing inside an underground bunker on the property. Two rings and a lighter also were found inside the home. Laziur Hanway told police the items belonged to Likes.
According to an affidavit by Fremont County Sheriff's Detective Sgt. William Braddock, Laziur Hanway, during an interview in jail, told police the three suspects plotted to rob Likes, 42, and Quiver, 20, and then kill the couple to cover up the crime.
Likes was a former employer of Laziur Hanway.
Braddock said Laziur Hanway told officers he, Jenkins and Samantha Hanway took a vehicle parked in Riverton without permission and drove to Likes' residence one or two days before Nov. 17.
Victim welcomed them
"On their arrival in Hudson, Samantha Hanway dropped off J. Jenkins and Hanway Jr. and waited for them," Braddock said in his affidavit. "Prior to approaching the residence the group had made the decision to rob E. Likes and E. Quiver, and then kill E. Likes and E. Quiver to conceal the crime."
Braddock said Laziur Hanway told police he and Jenkins went to the residence and were welcomed in by Likes. The two reportedly told Likes they were stranded and asked to use his phone.
The three engaged in conversation and shared marijuana, Braddock said.
He said Likes invited the two to stay the night, and after showing them how to work his television, he joined Quiver in the couple's bed.
Braddock said the two left the trailer house to "build up courage." They walked back to their vehicle, where Samantha Hanway was waiting.
Attacked while sleeping
After returning to the residence, Braddock said Jenkins and Laziur Hanway entered the bedroom where the couple was sleeping.
There, Braddock said the two men began stabbing Likes and Quiver with knives.
Braddock said Likes was able to fend off Jenkins and attempted to help his girlfriend, who was being attacked by Laziur Hanway.
Then, Hanway started stabbing Likes while Jenkins attacked Likes with a wooden block, Braddock said.
Likes and Quiver "succumbed to their injuries," Braddock added.
Once the two were dead, Braddock said Laziur Hanway and Jenkins went through the residence stealing jewelry, tools, silverware and money.
At that time, Braddock said Samantha Hanway entered the home and observed the bodies. She then drove the three back to Riverton, where they hid the stolen items and returned the stolen vehicle.
"Approximately two nights later, realizing the crime was still undetected, S. Hanway, J. Jenkins and Hanway Jr. returned to the crime scene after purchasing gasoline in Lander," Braddock said.
Braddock said Jenkins and Laziur Hanway returned to Likes' home on foot while Samantha Hanway waited in the vehicle, which they had taken two nights earlier, in a remote area about a half mile from the east edge of the small town.
Braddock said the two men poured gasoline on the two bodies and throughout the trailer.
"They then ignited the gasoline as they exited the house, which set the entire house ablaze," Braddock said.
After returning to Samantha Hanway and the vehicle, the three went back to Riverton.
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