Results of an autopsy performed on an Onslow County teenager show she actually suffered two gunshot wounds and was not stabbed.
The Onslow County Sheriff's Office said Thursday that an autopsy on 15-year-old Anita Renee Law showed what was initially thought to be a stab wound was discovered to be a second shotgun wound. Initial reports said the teen was stabbed in the abdomen and shot in the chest with a shotgun.
The sheriff's office said a knife found under the victim's body when she was moved by emergency personnel is believed to have been in the victim's hand prior to her being shot.
Authorities say 24-year-old Cpl. Pernell Jones is charged with murder in the attack.
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Deputies now say a 15-year-old girl was trying to defend her sister from her ex-boyfriend when she was killed.
Onslow County deputies responded to 165 Weatherington Road at approximately 6:30 p.m. Saturday, to an apparent domestic dispute between Shermetryce Grasty and her estranged boyfriend, Corporal Pernell Jones. Grasty called 911 to alert law enforcement that Jones was coming to her home.
Authorities say once Jones arrived, violence broke out. Deputies say Grasty's 15-year-old sister was stabbed in the stomach and shot in the chest. Anita Law was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Onslow County Deputy Todd McCallister arrested Jones after he crashed his vehicle trying to run from the house. The Marine went before a judge this morning and he's being held without bond.
Jones is stationed at Camp Lejeune and is in the Marine Corps Engineer's School. Officials say his program of study is an ammo technician.
Onslow County deputies say an argument between a man and a woman ended with the woman shot to death.
Authorities say Anita Law was killed around 6:15 p.m. at her home outside of Jacksonville. Deputies have not released her age, but neighbors tell WITN they believe she was a teenager.
Deputies say the shooter is 24-year-old Pernell Jones. Neighbors say Jones fled the scene and that's when a deputy spotted his car. They say Jones then lost control of his vehicle around a curve and crashed into a front yard.
Jones was arrested and charged with first-degree murder and is being held in the Onslow County jail. His first court appearance will be on Monday.
The Onslow County Sheriff's Office is investigating a fatal shooting that happened at a home on Weatherington Road Saturday night.
Onslow County Sheriff Ed Brown tells WITN deputies were called to the scene around 6:15 p.m.
Brown says the victim was transported to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Brown says they do have a suspect in custody and that person will most likely be charged with an open count of murder.
No further details are being released at this time. Stay with witn.com and WITN News for the latest.
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