UPDATE: DA: Marine Corps Will Handle Marines Beating Death Case

Jacksonville District Attorney Ernie Lee says the case of two marines involved in the beating death of a man will be turned over to the Marine Corps.

Camp Lejeune marines Brandon Cotter and Erik Ketterman remain behind bars. The DA says the marine corps took over jurisdiction in the death of Jimmie Senn and the state has agreed to dismiss the case.

If this case was tried by the state, both marines would possibly be convicted of involuntary manslaughter with a sentence of less than two years or probation.

Lee says it is likely the two marines will face a court martial.

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The district attorney says he will await autopsy results before deciding whether charges will be upgraded against two Camp Lejeune Marines.

Jimmie Senn of Pollocksville died this past weekend in a Wilmington hospital, a week after he was critically beaten at a Jacksonville bar.

Two Camp Lejeune Marines, Brandon Cotter and Erik Ketterman, were charged in connection with the assault.

District Attorney Ernie Lee says he will wait for the autopsy to be performed on Senn before they proceed with any additional charges. That could be later this week or next week.


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A man critically injured in a bar fight a week ago in Jacksonville has died in a Wilmington hospital. Two Camp Lejeune Marines were charged with that attack.

A spokesman for New Hanover Regional Medical Center tells WITN News that Jimmie Senn of Pollocksville died this weekend.

Senn and his wife were injured last Saturday at Ducks Bar and Grille on Gum Branch Road. Two Camp Lejeune Marines, Brandon Cotter and Erik Ketterman, were charged in connection with the assault.

The 22-year-old Cotter was charged with assault inflicting serious injury and assault on a female. Ketterman, who is also 22, was charged with accessory after the fact.

The District Attorney's office tells WITN that because Senn died of his injuries, the assault charge will escalate to a homicide charge. Ernie Lee says it is likely the charge with be second degree murder or involuntary manslaughter. We expect to know more on Tuesday.


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A man remains hospitalized in serious condition after police say two marines beat him up.

Two Camp Lejeune marines, Brandon Cotter and Erik Ketterman, stood before a judge Monday accused of beating a Pollockville man this weekend at Ducks Bar and Grille on Gum Branch Road in Jacksonville. Police say the man's wife was also injured in the fight. That's why Cotter faces a $200,000 bond. His charges include assault on a female.

Ketterman's bond is set at $150,000. Both marines are due back in court January 30th.

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Two Camp Lejeune marines are facing charges after a bar fight leads to one man being seriously injured.

Jacksonville police were called to Duck’s Bar and Grill on Gum Branch Road around 2:30 a.m. Saturday to a report of an assault.

Officers found 34-year-old Jimmie Senn of Pollocksville unconscious at the scene. Senn was transported to the hospital where he is in critical condition.

Police say the victim’s wife, 41-year-old Billie Senn of Pollocksville, was also struck during an altercation.

After an investigation 22-year-old Brandon Cotter and 22-year-old Erik Ketterman were arrested.

Cotter is charged with assault inflicting serious injury and assault on a female. He was given a $200,000 dollar bond. Ketterman is charged with accessory after the fact and was given a $150,000 dollar bond.

Police continue to investigate.


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