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Camp Lejeune Marine Agrees On Return To Alabama To Face Murder Charge

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A Camp Lejeune Marine today agreed on returning to Alabama to faces charges that he killed his wife.

Lance Corporal Marquis Cheatham appeared before an Onslow County district judge this afternoon where he waived extradition.

Montgomery, Alabama police say Cheatham, along with his girlfriend, Dominique Atkinson, are both charged in the March 31st death of Ashley Cheatham.

Atkinson did not waive extradition, and it will now be up to the governor to force her return to Alabama.

Ashley Cheatham was shot and found on the front steps of a home in Montgomery last weekend. It took police two days to identify her body.

Alabama authorities will now come to Onslow County and return the Marine to Alabama to face charges.

The Marine Corps says Cheatham was a personnel clerk at the Marine Corps Engineering School since February 2011.

Marines say he joined the Corps in December 2009.


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According to NBC affiliate WSFA, the Montgomery Police Department confirmed late Friday afternoon that a second person is in custody and charged in connection to the city's 18th homicide of 2013.

MPD detectives charged Dominique Atkinson, 21, of North Carolina with one count of capital murder in the March 31 death of Montgomery resident Ashley Cheatham, 21.

Atkinson is being held by authorities in our state while awaiting extradition back to Alabama. Authorities describe her as the girlfriend of Marquis Cheatham, 23, the victim's husband.

Earlier Friday Montgomery police confirmed that Cheatham, an active duty Marine, was taken into custody Wednesday by the U.S. Marine Corp at Camp Lejeune.

He is accused of fatally shooting his wife while on a three-day pass. Mrs. Cheatham's body was found on April 1 on the steps of a home on Lower Wetumpka Road. It took two days to identify her body.

When Atkinson and Cheatham are extradited back to Alabama, they'll be held without bond at the Montgomery County Detention Facility.

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According to NBC affiliate WSFA out of Montgomery, Alabama Police say an active duty Marine home on a three-day pass to see his family has been arrested and charged with the shooting death of his wife.

Authorities say Montgomery Police detectives charged 23-year-old Marquis Cheatham with one count of capital murder in connection with the shooting death of his wife, 20-year old Ashley Cheatham. Marquis Cheatham was taken into custody on Wednesday by the U.S. Marine Corps at Camp Lejeune, N.C. where he was serving as an active duty Marine.

"The Naval Criminal Investigative Service has provided great assistance throughout this investigation," said Montgomery Chief of Police Kevin Murphy. "I extend our appreciation for their efforts and support in this matter."

Cheatham is currently in the custody of the U.S. Marine Corps awaiting extradition to Montgomery where he will be held without bond at the Montgomery County Detention Facility.

Police and fire medics were called to a home in the 3700 block of Lower Wetumpka Road around 7 a.m. Monday April 1 on the call of subject down. When they arrived they located a female victim on the steps of the home. She had sustained a fatal gunshot wound and was pronounced dead at the scene. It took two additional days to identify the victim as 20-year-old Ashley Cheatham.

Police believe Cheatham's death stemmed from on ongoing argument between the couple. Marquis Cheatham was home on a three-day pass when the shooting occurred.

Ashley Cheatham's death is considered Montgomery's 18th homicide of 2013.

A photo of the defendant is unavailable at this time due to his pending extradition.


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