Man that claims his victims were ‘sacrifices’ indicted on capitol murder charges

Fort Worth, Texas: On Monday, December 13, 41-year-old Jason Alan Thornburg was indicted by a grand jury for capitol murder for the deaths of three people in Euless, Texas in September.


The dismembered and burning remains of David Lueras, 42, Lauren Phillips, 34, and Maricruz Mathis, 33, were discovered in a dumpster in Fort Worth in September.


Thornburg remains in jail at the Tarrant County Lon Evans Correctional Center on a $1 million bond.


Surveillance footage of the area gave law enforcement a suspect vehicle as a place to begin their investigation. From a pool of approximately 7,000 vehicles law enforcement soon narrowed the list to a single suspect that had also been part of a suspicious death investigation in May.


After his arrest the Star-Telegram reports that on October 19 a Tarrant County mental health magistrate judge ruled that there was reasonable cause to believe that Thornburg may have a mental illness or intellectual disability.


According to the affidavit filed at the time of his arrest, "Thornburg described having an in-depth knowledge of the Bible and believed he was being called to commit sacrifices."


While speaking with investigators, Thornburg reportedly also admitted to murdering his former roommate, Mark Jewell, 61, in May and his girlfriend, Tanya Begay, 36, in 2017.


These two murders took place in Arizona, with Tanya's happening within the Navajo Nation. The Navajo Nation Police were leading the investigation into her disappearance, but have not yet recovered her body.