Prosecutors to seek death penalty for man that called murder victims ‘sacrifices’

Fort Worth, Texas: The Tarrant County District Attorney's Office announced on Monday, May 16, their intention to seek the death penalty against 41-year-old Jason Thornburg.

In the statement, Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney Sharen Wilson said, "The decision on whether or not to seek the death penalty is a crucial decision this office makes. The death penalty is reserved for the worst of the worst criminals. It was only fitting that we seek the death penalty in this case."


Thornburg has been indicted on multiple capitol murder charges, first for the deaths of David Lueras, Lauren Phillips and Maricruz Mathias whose dismembered and burned remains were found in a dumpster in Fort Worth on September 22, 2021.


And second, Thornburg was indicted for the murder of his former roommate, Mark Jewell. He will be in court on May 21, 2021 related to this case according to the DA's office.


According to statements made to investigators which have previously been released, Thornburg claimed that he was "being called to commit" "sacrifices."


Thornburg is said to have admitted to also killing his former girlfriend Tanya Begay in New Mexico in 2017. Her case remains ongoing and it appears as though no charges have been filed to date.