Guns made up the majority of evidence Corbin Police have retrieved from Baltimore Police in the case of 16-year-old Jason Hendrix, who reportedly murdered his parents and younger sister before fleeing to Maryland, but it was a baggie containing hair from the girl that has led to more questions.
Corbin Police Lt.-Detective Rusty Hedrick said Baltimore County Police reported finding the small sandwich baggie under the front seat of the SUV Hendrix was driving on February 15 when he was killed in a shootout with police.
“We believe he had the hair as a memento, but we don’t know why,” Hedrick said, noting police are still leaning toward jealousy toward Grace as the motive for the killings.
Hedrick said Jason and Grace were both adopted, though they were not related by blood and were not adopted at the same time. In addition, Jason knew he was adopted.
“The jealousy may have escalated to the point that he made a tragic mistake,” Hedrick said.
Hedrick said police have served a search warrant to the Skype video chat company, in an effort to identify the individuals Hendrix was talking to leading up to the murders.
Hedrick said guns recovered from the scene in Baltimore included a 12-gauge double barrel shotgun with 50 to 60 rounds, five handguns, four .38-caliber revolvers, and one 9mm semi-automatic. Hendrix had about 50 rounds of .38-caliber ammunition and 50 rounds of 9mm ammunition
Hedrick said the handguns were found throughout the SUV as if Hendrix was expecting a shootout and wanted to have a gun nearby.
Hedrick said previously that Sarah Hendrix was named executor of her father’s estate and had been taking care of some of the belonging, including the weapons.
The 9 mm was removed from a floor safe at the home. Hedrick said it is believed to be the murder weapon. It has been sent to the Kentucky State Police Crime Lab for comparison to the bullets used to kill the family.
In addition, Hedrick said there was a black backpack, camping equipment and tools, and a Tom Tom GPS system.
“The status of the case remains open because have the firearm in evidence and have sent it for ballistic comparison,” Hedrick said.
Hedrick added that police have interviewed family and friends from Corbin High School and Forward Community Church in an effort to determine a motive.
“Everyone we have spoken with said he was a typical teenager,” Hedrick said previously.
Hedrick said the shooting occurred between 3 p.m. and about 6:30 p.m. that day.
Grace was the first to be killed, dying from a single gunshot wound to the head in her room soon after arriving home from school.
Kevin Hendrix was also found in Grace’s bedroom, also the victim of a single gunshot wound to the head.
Hedrick said Kevin Hendrix was also shot from behind.
“He had just come home,” Hedrick said of Kevin Hendrix. “He still had his coat on and was carrying the mail.
Sarah Hendrix was killed as she came into the kitchen through the garage entrance, again from a single gunshot wound to the head.
“All three of them died instantly,” Hedrick said of the family members.
Hedrick said Corbin Police are still planning a trip to Baltimore, Md. where Jason Hendrix was killed in shootout with Baltimore Police on February 15.