Two arrested in connection with deadly Martin Co. fire

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MARTIN COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - We have new details in an eastern Kentucky murder investigation. Jack Smith and Amanda Bowen were arrested shortly after the investigation turned criminal.

According to Bowen's arrest citation, she and Smith shot and stabbed Tina Goble, Cannie Johnson, Jr. and Trinity Goble, 8. The three were later found inside of their burning home near Inez.

The citation states that Bowen also stole items, like jewelry and medication. After the murders, Bowen placed her bloody clothing, the knives used in the crime and the stolen items in a bag and removed them from the home.

Family members of the victims are still in shock but say they have more closure now that two people have been arrested.

"It's so sad. You never think it's going to happen to you and your family like that," said Ronald Johnson, who is Cannie Johnson, Jr.'s uncle. "They come in and kill people like that."

Smith and Bowen each face three counts of first degree murder, first degree robbery, tampering with physical evidence, and drug charges.

Police have not given any information about a possible motive for the killings.

Smith pleaded not guilty to his charges on Monday. Bowen is in the Floyd County Detention Center.

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