Jason Twiley, suspect in murder of Brittany Littlejohn, arrested in Kentucky

STEUBENVILLE — A man wanted in connection with the Aug. 12 murder of 32-year-old Brittany Littlejohn has been arrested, nearly six weeks after her body was found stuffed in a trash can.

Jason Cortez Twiley, 27, 602 Garrett Ave., Steubenville, was taken into custody around 1 p.m. Friday near Louisville, the U.S. Marshal Service in the Western District of Kentucky reported. He’s being held without bond in the Louisville Metro Department of Corrections in Jefferson County, Ky.

Twiley, Littlejohn’s boyfriend, had been identified by city police as a person of interest hours after finding her body in a detached garage near her Maxwell Avenue home and her living room engulfed in flames. Police Chief Bill McCafferty said at the time evidence discovered at the scene led detectives to believe Littlejohn had been murdered, though he did not offer specifics.

Over the past six weeks, however, authorities have been “conducting numerous interviews of (his) associates and investigating multiple leads,” the marshals said. “Their efforts paid off on Friday when they learned that Twiley had fled to Kentucky.”

Within hours of being tipped to Twiley’s presence in their community, “Twiley was located and arrested without incident while attempting to jump out of an apartment window.”

The marshals said Twiley will appear in a Jefferson County, Ky., courtroom before he’s returned to Ohio, where he’s currently facing a murder charge.

McCafferty said Friday he was “very happy” Twiley had been apprehended.

Littlejohn’s death occurred just about a month after her brother, 24-year-old William R. Ross III, was shot to death at the Market Square Apartments. Security footage from the morning of the July 11 shooting had shown a female exiting the apartment, followed by two males wearing sweatshirts with the hoods pulled up over their heads and then Ross staggering out of the apartment.

His body was found in an alley off of South Seventh Street, across the street from the apartment complex.