Akers Pleads Guilty To Girlfriend's Murder


The son of a former police officer has pleaded guilty to killing his girlfriend.

In court Monday morning,Timothy Akers pleaded guilty to second degree murder.

Jacksonville police said Akers confessed to the murder of 19-year-old Caitlyn Culpepper after his arrest in 2011.

Akers is the son of Tim Akers, a former Jacksonville police captain who was deputy provost marshal at Camp Lejeune at the time of the murder.

In the courtroom, Akers said he has read to bible during his time in jail and knows he destroyed a lot of people's lives.

Culpepper was remembered by friends and family as a good person and a talented singer at Brookwood Baptist Church.

"Everybody loses," said Trixie Marranca. "It's not over. I'll never be over because both sides of the family will suffer."

A judge sentenced Akers to serve between 16 and 20 years in state prison, effective immediately.


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A man who police say confessed to murdering his girlfriend nearly three years ago will be back in court Monday morning.

Jacksonville Police said Timothy Akers, 26, confessed to the murder of 19-year-old Caitlyn Culpepper.

Culpepper was found dead in July of 2011 after an apparent shooting.

Akers is expected to appear in Onslow County Superior Court 11:30 a.m. Monday.

At the time of his arrest, Akers's father, Tim Aker, was the Deputy Provost Marshal at Camp Lejeune.

We will let you know what happens in court.



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The man police say confessed murdering the woman he was in a relationship with is scheduled to appear in court Thursday.

Jacksonville police say Timothy Akers, 24, confessed to the murder of Caitlyn Culpepper, 19. Culpepper was found dead July 6 after an apparent shooting.

Akers is expected to appear in Onslow County District Court. He is the son of Deputy Provost Marshal Tim Akers at Camp Lejeune.



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The man suspected of murdering the woman he was in a relationship with has confessed to the crime.

WITN'S Carly Swain reports 24-year-old Timothy Akers confessed to the murder of 19-year-old Caitlyn Culpepper in Jacksonville. She was found dead July 6.

The confession is noted in an affidavit attached to three warrants that were filed in court Wednesday. The documents also included the information that police wanted to swab the suspect's mouth for DNA and that Akers waived his Miranda rights.

Akers' next court date is currently scheduled for July 28.

Akers is the son of Deputy Provost Marshal Tim Akers at Camp Lejeune. The senior Akers was a captain with the Jacksonville Police Department, but left in 2008 to join the new civilian police force on the military base.



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The son of Camp Lejeune's deputy provost marshal went before a judge this morning on a murder charge in Jacksonville.

Police arrested Timothy Akers for the death of Caitlyn Culpepper early Wednesday morning.

Akers is the son of Deputy Provost Marshal Tim Akers at Camp Lejeune. The senior Akers was a captain with the Jacksonville Police Department, but left in 2008 to join the new civilian police force on the military base.

The 24-year-old Akers of Hardison Hills Court is charged with murder and is being held without bond.

The man appeared this morning before District Judge Carol Jones-Wilson. Right now Akers does not have a lawyer and the judge set his next court date for July 28th.

Neighbors say they heard a single shot and then saw the 19-year-old woman's body outside apartment 107-B.

Ashley Lemiszki was Culpepper's roommate and says they were best friends. Lemiszki says they last talked Tuesday, as they had made plans for Wednesday.

Lemiszki says the next thing she knew she was being awakened by police early Wednesday morning. "Next thing I know police had their guns in my face, put your hands up, and an hour later a detective came in and said she is deceased."

Lemiszki said earlier Tuesday Culpepper asked Akers for a week apart in their relationship, but Akers didn't like that idea.

Lemiszki says Akers had a handgun he carried with him and showed it to her several times. She says the odd way he handled anger made her think he killed Caitlyn.

Lemiszki says, "I hope that he realizes what he did and I hope he realizes the lives and the people he affected and the people who are never going to be the same."

Friends say Akers has two young children.



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Jacksonville police say they are investigating an apparent homicide of a teenage woman.

In a news release, police say it happened in the 100 block of Hardison Hills Court. The victim is a 19-year-old woman.

Police say a suspect is in custody, but would not release any more information on the homicide.

A neighbor tells WITN News that around 3:30 a.m. they heard a single gunshot and saw a woman outside one of the apartments. That neighbor says they didn't recognize any of the people involved.


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