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D.A. Says Jacksonville Deadly Shootings Justified, No Charges

The district attorney in Onslow County says three men will not be charged after they shot and killed two men during a burglary.

Diego Everette and Maurice Skinner, both 33 years old and from Jacksonville, were killed after the break-in at a home on Country Club Drive in Jacksonville on April 15. The district attorney says the residents, two who are Camp Lejeune Marines, were justified in shooting the two men to protect their own safety.

Police say according to the victims, as the three residents entered the house they were attacked by two people who were inside.

District Attorney Ernie Lee said based on the threats from Skinner and Everette, and the fact they had a shotgun, the three believed they were going to be killed.


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Police now say two men who were killed during an apparent botched burglary this weekend had evidence on them from another nearby crime.

Diego Everette and Maurice Skinner, both 33 years old and from Jacksonville, were killed after the break-in at a home on Country Club Drive in Jacksonville early Sunday.

Police say according to the victims, as the three residents entered the house they were attacked by two people who were inside.

Now police say they have recovered items from the two bodies that were reported as stolen from a vehicle break-in nearby.

Police do not believe the residents will face any charges in the deaths, but the District Attorney's Office and police continue to investigate the shootings.


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Police say they are still investigating a deadly burglary where the two intruders were killed early Sunday morning.

It happened around 1:55 a.m. Sunday at a home on Country Club Drive in Jacksonville. Police say according to the victims, as the three residents entered the house they were attacked by two people who were inside.

Police say Diego Everette and Maurice Skinner, both 33 years old and from Jacksonville, were killed.

They say the three people who live at the house, two who are Camp Lejeune Marines, were all treated and released from Onslow Memorial Hospital.

"At this time there is no evidence to suggest that criminal charges will be filed," said Jacksonville police chief Mike Yaniero.

Department of Correction records show Everette had an extensive criminal record, dating back to 2005. He was convicted for various crimes including several larceny counts, forgery, and multiple DWIs,

Skinner served prison time for several assault inflicting serious injury convictions, the latest in 2009.

Yaniero says at this time they can't say if the residents and the intruders knew each other, nor if there were more people in the home at the time.

The police chief is also not saying why the home was targeted, nor if any drugs were involved. "This is not a typical home invasion," Yaniero said. "This was a burglary."

So far there have been no charges in the deaths. District Attorney Ernie Lee says his office is working with Jacksonville police on the case.


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Jacksonville police responded to a call around 1:55 a.m. Sunday at a home on Country Club Drive. It was reported that two intruders were shot during a burglary attempt.

Police say according to the victims, as the three residents entered the house they were attacked by two suspects who were inside.

Both intruders were pronounced dead at the scene.

All three residents were transported to the hospital and have been released.

No further details have been released at this time. A press conference is scheduled Monday morning.


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