Murder suspect confesses to killing Lillian and Doyle Chumney

RAW: Murder suspect confesses in Chumney murders

TUSCARAWAS COUNTY, OH (WOIO) - In a news conference Friday, Tuscarawas County Sheriff Walt Wilson announced the suspect in the murders of Lillian and Doyle Chumney confessed to the crime.

. He has waived his extradition hearing and could be back in Ohio within a week.

Tabatha Hazel, 27, was also arrested with Clark shortly before 2 a.m. Jeffrey Caley, 28, was found around 10 a.m. in the desert. Hazel and Caley are accused of going on a multi-state crime spree with Clark. Authorities say they have been cooperating with police.

Chumney murder suspect Jeffery Stewart, who was arrested on Jan. 31, waived his right to preliminary hearing and his case will be sent directly to the grand jury. Stewart has already admitted his involvement in the killings and pointed the finger at Robert Clark.

Officials say Coshocton County will take the lead on this case because that is where the murders took place. No motive has been determined, but police believe Clark knew someone who worked for the couple, which makes robbery a possibility. 

Sheriff Wilson also stated that he believes everyone responsible for the Chumney murders are in custody and the van, driven by Clark during his crime spree, belongs to his mother.

"The effort and cooperation was outstanding. The minute the call came in to Strasburg Police, we responded. BCI had agents at the crime scene. It just grew and expanded from there into Coshocton County. It just continued through out the local, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies," said Wilson.

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