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UPDATE: Pair charged in Martin County triple murder in court for arraignment

By: Hillary Thornton, Laura Beranek, Tanner Hesterberg Email
By: Hillary Thornton, Laura Beranek, Tanner Hesterberg Email
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INEZ, Ky. (WYMT) - Update: 9-4-14

Jack D. Smith and Amanda Bowen were in Martin County Circuit Court on Thursday.

Smith entered a not guilty plea. Bowen declined to enter a plea, however the judge then entered a not guilty plea on her behalf.

A pretrial conference for both Smith and Bowen is set for December 4th at 11am.

Court officials tell us they are moving Bowen to the Floyd County Detention Center because they do not want her and Jack Smith to have any contact.

Investigators say the pair shot and stabbed Cainie Johnson Jr, Tina Goble, and 8-year-old Trinity Maynard, after stealing medicine and jewelry...then setting the home on fire.

Father of the 8-year-old, Tim Goble says, "Im not the judge or the jury of these people, I just know for a crime like this to happen to anybody it would just have to be evil."

Meanwhile more information is coming out about Smith, known as Dave, and his activity the night before the triple murder.

In a 911 call from August 15, 2014 "Someone just tried to shoot us through the door here me and my brother...i know who it was."

The caller, Christopher Maynard, then identified the shooter as Dave Smith.

Officials can't comment on the shots fired call but can confirm they believe it is the same man involved in the triple murder investigation.

911 logs indicate a bullett was recovered at 92 lafferty lane...just down the road from the murder scene. The calls from that night before also reveal some more information. "Had his hands taped and said he even had his boots taped... I don't know if he planned on killing one of them or what," said the Deputy about Smith.

The dispatcher replied, "Sounds awful suspicious." She then adds, "At least it didn't hit nobody."

Then nearly 24 hours later dispatch received a call about a house fire on Upper James Lane.

The fire scene then quickly turned to a triple murder investigation...Smith and Bowen charged with the crime. While leaving the family and community wondering why?

"I just hope justice is served to whoever brought this upon our family," says Goble.

Update: 8-26-14

We now have the funeral arrangements for three people who were murdered in Martin County.

Tina Goble, Cainie Johnson Junior and eight year old Trinity Maynard died earlier this month.

Family members tell us visitation for the victims will be held Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The funeral will be Friday at 11. All services will be held at Phelps and Sons Funeral Home in Inez.

Update: 8-25-14

Court officials tell us Amanda Bowen will be in court September 4th.

She and Jack Smith face murder, robbery, and tampering with evidence charges.

Police say they robbed Tina Goble of medication and jewelry before shooting and stabbing her along with Cainie Johnson, Jr. and eight year old Trinity Maynard more than a week ago.

Smith is also scheduled for arraignment on the fourth.

A grand jury has indicted Jack Smith and Amanda Bowen in connection to the Martin County triple murder.
UPDATE 8/20/14 6p.m.

It's a troubling scene for people in the Inez community. Investigators continue to search through a burned home looking for evidence in a triple murder case. Two people now sit behind bars charged with the crime.

Jack Smith and Amanda Bowen both face murder, robbery and tampering with evidence charges.

Arrest warrants and citations obtained through Martin County Court are providing new information about Saturday's house fire that is now a triple murder investigation.

The arrest warrants for both Smith and Bowen state they intentionally caused the deaths of Tina Goble, Cainie Johnson Jr., and 8-year-old Trinity Maynard.

Martin County Coroner Joe Mullins says, "Preliminary results are showing that all three have been shot and all three have been stabbed."

The warrants also list a possible motive of robbery, as detectives say Bowen and Smith stole items from the home including medication and jewelry.

Neighbor Jasper Davis says, "When I saw that back door open it was strange because the only time they used that was to feed their dog and that was it. So when I saw it was open I knew something wasn't right."

Timothy Goble, who is the father and son of the victims says, "It is a very sad situation, before even any of this came to light. Now that it has come to light and we know a possible motive might have been to rob the place...it does make you angry. However, like I said my daughter wouldn't want us to be angry right now."

So as arson investigators and detectives continue to work the case, the family says they are committed to living like their loved ones would want

"They would want us to not focus on all this bad, they'd want us to focus on all the memories and good times we had," says Goble.

Bowen and Smith are scheduled for a preliminary hearing Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. Both are being held on a $5 million bond.

Funeral arrangements are pending, family members say they are still waiting on positive identification. They think everyone for the outpouring of support.


A second arrest has been made in connection with a triple murder case in Eastern Kentucky.

Court records say that Amanda Bowen is charged with three counts of murder. She is in the Floyd County Detention Center.

Jack Smith has already been charged in the case. He is also charged with three counts of murder.

Police say the victims were found dead inside a home after a weekend fire in Martin County. The victims have been identified as Tina Goble, her husband Canie Johnson, Jr., and her granddaughter, Trinity Maynard, age 8.

According the the arrest warrant, the victims were found with gunshot and stab wounds.

Police have not given any information about a possible motive for the killings.
Update, 8/18/14, 11 p.m.

Dozens of people gathered Wednesday night in Martin County to remember three people who died in a house fire.

Tina Goble, 42, Cainie Johnson, 47, and Trinity Maynard, eight, died in the fire Saturday morning on Upper James Lane in Inez.

The three were honored Tuesday night at a candlelight vigil in downtown Inez.

The vigil "means more than any word I could possibly think of," said Timothy Goble, who lost his daughter, mother and stepfather in the fire.

"It's an amazing feeling to know the community can come together at a time like this and be there for us," Goble said. "It's overwhelming and it does make the process a little bit easier."

Some folks shared happy memories about the victims and remembered Trinity for her constant smile.

"We were on the school bus heading to the circus and making up songs," said Hannah Staton, who went to school with Trinity. "And I'm like, 'Trinity, please let me sing!' And she was like, 'Please just one more song.'"

"I love Trinity and I'm just glad she made it to heaven."

Funeral arrangements for the three victims had not been completed as of Tuesday night.

Update, 8/18/14, 10 a.m.

Tuesday morning, court officials postponed a preliminary hearing for Jack Smith.

Police say Smith murdered Tina Goble, Cainie Johnson, Jr., and eight year old Trinity Maynard Saturday at a home near Inez.

The family members were found dead inside the home following a fire.

Investigators plan to outline their case next Tuesday.

Smith pleaded not guilty, Monday.

We first told you on Saturday a house fire near Inez claimed the lives of three victims, but it appears police acted swiftly landing, Jack Smith, behind bars.

He faces several charges including three counts of murder. Police arrested him late Saturday night.

Family members say they are trying to focus on remembering their loved ones instead of the arrest.

Two days after the fire, neighbors say they are still in disbelief. "I got up every morning to go up there and talk to them, give them company ... now I've got to wake up to this...it is hard," says Jasper Davis.

A fire devastating to the community, even more so for Paintsville firefighter, Timothy Goble; losing his mom, stepfather, and 8-year-old daughter.

"You never expect your family to die in a fire, as a fireman you definitely don't think they will," says Goble.

What first seemed like an accident to some, quickly turned to a criminal investigation with state police arresting, Jack Smith, charging him with three counts of murder.

Goble says, "It is one thing to think your family passed in an accident, it is another to have to think it was something that didn't have to happen."

He says he is unsure what might have lead smith to do this, but does believe there are others involved.

As police continue to investigate and Smith sits behind bars, Goble says his focus remains on remembering his loved ones.

"Right now me and my family are just trying not to focus on that. It is way too early to make assumptions, point fingers, and right now we are just trying to come together as a family, friends, and community," explains Goble.

Coming together to remember three lives lost, and hoping to one day have some answers.

Martin County Deputy Coroner says autopsy results are still pending. Smith is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Tuesday morning.

Goble says he is still finalizing funeral arrangements.


UPDATE 8/18/14 12pm

Family members of the victims confirm that a man from Inez has been charged three counts of murder in connection with a deadly fire in Martin County, Ky. early Saturday morning.

Kentucky State Police arrested Jack D. Smith, 41, late Saturday night. In addition to the murder charges, Smith is also charged with 1st degree robbery, tampering with evidence and several drug charges, according to the criminal citation.

Family members of the victims say Trinity Maynard, 8, Tina Goble, 42, and Cainie Johnson, 47, were all killed.

All three were found inside when firefighters got to the scene. Their bodies were sent to the State Medical Examiner's office for autopsies.

Smith is being held in the Big Sandy Detention Center.

UPDATE: 8-16-14

By late Saturday morning, only a little smoke and smoldering structure were left at a house fire in the Coldwater community.

Just hours earlier, neighbors say it was a whole different story.

"It sounded like a bomb going off," said neighbor Nick Goble, "I went out the door and saw flames probably sixty feet high."

Goble says the home was a scary sight, and he did all he could to try and help.

"I tried to go in, I couldn't," said Goble, "So I took a cinder block and knocked the air conditioner out of the little girls room to try and pull her out. She wasn't in there. And it was too late to try and do anything else."

Neighbors tell us two grandparents along with their ten year old granddaughter lived at the home.

At this time, investigators are not releasing names or relations of the three victims.

"It''s been rough on everybody," said Goble, "Because everyone knew them. And were close to them."

The bodies have been sent to Frankfort for an autopsy.

Phleps & Son Funeral Home will handle the funeral arrangements.

We will continue to update this story as information becomes available.

Kentucky State Police say three people are dead in a house fire in Martin County.

It happened Saturday morning on Upper James Lane just before 4:30.

Police say they found three bodies inside the home.

KSP, Martin County arson investigators and fire marshals are investigating the fire.

The victims' bodies will be taken to the State Medical Examiner's office for autopsy and identification.

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