Oklahoma Couple Accused Of Killing Man Living With Them, Burning His Body In Metal Box

oklahoma man body burned metal box couple arrested
Source: Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation

Mar. 7 2023, Updated 11:20 a.m. ET

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A couple in Oklahoma was taken into custody after they allegedly killed a man who was living with them, burned his body and then buried the remains in their backyard, according to authorities.

On March 2, deputies arrested Jason Cornett, 47, for first-degree murder and desecration of a human corpse and Elizabeth Cornett, 45, for accessory to first-degree murder and desecration of a human corpse in connection with the death of 43-year-old David Orr, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation announced.

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Orr reportedly last spoke with his family on Jan. 16, 2021, and he was living with the Cornetts at the time of his disappearance.

On Jan. 17, 2021, Elizabeth Cornett used Orr’s food stamp card at a grocery store in Harrah, the OSBI said.

In March 2021, investigators executed a warrant at the Cornetts’ residence in Mcloud and searched the backyard, but they did not find anything.

The following fall, in November 2021, investigators received a tip from someone in federal custody who claimed Orr was killed in a bedroom at the Cornett home and then burned inside a metal box, authorities said.

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The informant then alleged Orr’s body was moved to a location in Edmond, police said.

A second search warrant was obtained for the home in Mcloud and investigators found blood stains in the bedroom. DNA tests were conducted and matched to Orr, according to officials.

The cause of Orr’s death was not listed.

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The Cornetts were arrested and booked into the Oklahoma County Detention Center and then transferred to the Pottawatomie County Jail.

Jason Cornett was being held without bond and Elizabeth Cornett's bond was set at $200,000.


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