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Murder Suspect Held Without Bond

A district court judge says a Marine cook will be held without bond on charges he killed two people Friday.

In a surprise move, the judge kept the hearing for Corporal Jarrell Wilson out of the public view Monday morning. At the last minute the hearing was moved to another courtroom, without telling the family of the victims or the news media. The judge cited security reasons as the reason behind the change.

Wilson is accused of killing 24-year-old Gabriel Ape and 23-year-old Christopher Watts behind the Northwoods Shopping Center.

Claire Ann Thomas is the mother of Watts. Fighting back tears, she said her son was a great father and a family man. " My son will never see his girls grow up or start school this year. It has been so rough. We lost a major part of our life, major part."


A military cook has been charged with two counts of murder after a shooting in Jacksonville.

Corporal Jarrell Wilson, 22 of Camp Lejeune is facing two open counts of murder. Court records show that Wilson was arrested June 16th for possession of marijuana, possession of a stolen firearm and carrying a concealed weapon.

Police say around 2:00 a.m. an officer on patrol heard shots in the vicinity of the Northwoods Shopping Center on Onslow Drive.

Officers found 2 victims with apparent gun shot wounds behind the shopping center. They have been identified as 24-year-old Gabriel Ape and 23-year-old Christopher Watts. The two victims are civilians. Friends of Ape tell WITN that he is the father of two young children.

Authorities say Wilson's car was stopped at Camp Lejeune's main gate after police alerted the base about a possible suspect car in the shooting.

Camp Lejeune said in an earlier news release that two Marines were being questioned, but Jacksonville police say they do not plan to charge that second Marine.

According to the North Carolina Department of Corrections website, a 24-year-old Gabriel Ape is listed with criminal convictions for several charges, including felony breaking and entering and assault on a public official dating back to 2001 in Onslow County. The 24-year-old Ape listed on the DOC website was released from prison in 2008.

A 23-year-old Christopher Watts is listed on the DOC website with convictions in Onslow County on several charges, including assault on a female and larceny.

No past convictions were found for a 22-year-old Jarrell Wilson.

Camp Lejeune says Wilson, of Wayne, Michigan, is assigned to the 10th Marine Regiment. He entered the Marine Corps on October. 23, 2005 and was trained as a military cook.

The base says Wilson deployed twice to Iraq with 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment; once from January to July 2007 and again from April to November 2008.


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