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Two new arrests announced linked to Hudson deaths

Mar 15, 2012 - By Christina George, Staff Writer

Police arrested two more suspects in connection with the Hudson double homicides, robbery and arson case.

Fremont County Capt. Ryan Lee said authorities arrested Ryan Blake Hanway, 22, of Arapahoe, Thursday on two counts of alleged conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and one count of alleged conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery.

"The arrest occurred south of Riverton and was without incident," Lee said in a news release. "Hanway was brought to the Riverton Sheriff's Office by (Bureau of Indian Affairs) agents and turned over to state authorities at 11 a.m."

A 15-year-old Riverton boy, Jude Blackburn, was arrested Wednesday on two 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.

Lee said the teen is being charged as an adult.

Lee said Fremont County deputy sheriffs and Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation officers arrested Blackburn without incident at about 3:15 p.m. Wednesday at a residence on Eagle Drive in west Riverton.

"We were unaware of the juvenile's alleged involvement until further details developed late Tuesday afternoon and early Wednesday morning," Lee said.

Five arrests have been made so far in the homicide case of Eric Clinton Likes, 42, of Hudson, and his girlfriend, Elva Charlotte Quiver, 20, of the Wind River Indian Reservation.

"Further investigation is pending and other arrests could follow regarding peripheral suspects who were not directly involved, but had knowledge of and or helped conceal the crime from the public and authorities," Lee said.

The couple's bodies were found Nov. 17 in Likes' charred home in Hudson. According to court documents, autopsy reports said that Likes and Quiver were deceased before the fire began and "died as the result of, but not limited to, numerous stab wounds."

Firefighters responded to the house fire at about 9:50 p.m. Nov. 17 and did not discover the bodies inside until 90 minutes later during the cleanup and investigation.

At first, investigators believed the fire to be accidental, but a blood-spotted cigarette lighter found in an alley near the trailer house and blood found in Likes' truck parked at his home eventually led investigators to Laziur Stephen Hanway Jr., 19, of Ethete.

Laziur Hanway Jr. was arrested March 8 in connection to the case after police discovered evidence -- evidence they say links him to the crimes -- inside an underground bunker on his property and inside his home on 17 Mile Road.

Laziur Hanway's sister, Samantha June Hanway, 20, of Ethete, and Joseph Jude Jenkins, 20, of Arapahoe, were arrested and charged in the case Monday at a residence on Trout Creek Road near Fort Washakie.

The two, who say they are married, appeared Wednesday in Riverton Circuit Court on similar charges.

It was not immediately clear what link Ryan Hanway has to the other co-defendants.

Investigators said they thought some of the suspects decided to kill Likes and Quiver on Nov. 15 in an effort to cover up a robbery at the couple's trailer home. It's alleged they returned to the residence two days later with gasoline and torched the trailer with the bodies still inside.

Ryan Hanway and Blackburn are at the Fremont County Detention Center in Lander on a $1 million cash bail. Blackburn appeared in court Thursday afternoon. Ryan Hanway's appearance originally was scheduled for Thursday but was rescheduled for 1:30 p.m. Friday.

The other three suspects are also at the county jail on bail ranging from $500,000 for Samantha Hanway, up to $2 million each for her brother and Jenkins.

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