Abilene man linked to Jones County murder indicted for kidnapping

Jody Ordway, 31, was arrested during July 2017 and charged with aggravated kidbnapping in connection with the August 2016 murder of Ronald Michael Varner of Abilene.

ABILENE, Texas - An Abilene man was indicted Thursday for aggravated kidnapping and conspiracy to commit aggravated kidnapping for his alleged role in the events that led up to the murder of a man last year in Jones County.

Jody Ordway, 31, admitted to being at a house in the 1500 block of Sycamore Street where Ronald Michael Varner was held and beaten in August 2016, according to court documents. Varner tried to escape multiple times, but Ordway and another person, 37-year-old Michael Dean Pine, chased him.

After Ordway and Pine caught Varner, they brought him back to the house, took off his clothes and tied him up, according to court documents.

Court records say Varner was then moved to Jones County and was shot multiple times. His body was found lying on CR 347 south of FM 1082.

Four other suspects have been charged with murder in Varner's death, including Pine, 37; Euella Louise Cooper, 37; Olyvia Jackson, 25; and Matthew Struble, 24. They were indicted for murder and kidnapping on Tuesday.

A source told police that Pine attempted to make the gun "disappear," according to court records. The same man told police that Pine claimed Varner was killed because he was an informant and was "building a case on Cooper." The documents didn't say what kind of case was being built.

Ordway is still being held in the Taylor County Jail on a $50,000 bond.

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