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FIRST ON WITN: Search Warrants Say Richardson Admitted Killing Wife

Search warrants obtained by WITN News say that murder suspect Cody Richardson told 911 dispatchers that he wanted to turn himself in because he had "just killed my wife, two nights ago."

Richardson, who was a Camp Lejeune Marine, is charged with killing his wife, Jessy. Police found the woman's body in the couple's apartment Monday afternoon.

Wednesday police released portions of the 911 call from Richardson, but deleted that portion given to the media. In the part that was released, Richardson says he contemplated suicide, but "I couldn't bring myself to do it".

According to court documents, police say they seized three handwritten notes from the apartment, a digital camera with memory card, medical documents belonging to Richardson, two smoking devices with residue, and a computer. Also seized were several belts.

Police say Richardson's wife was strangled to death.

Richardson, who was a corporal, was kicked out of the Marine Corps on Wednesday. He's in jail on a $1-million bond.


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A former Marine told a 911 operator that he planned to kill himself, but then couldn't bring himself to do it.

Jacksonville police have released 911 tapes where Cody Richardson apparently confessed that he killed his wife.

Cody Richardson remains in the Onslow County jail, accused of strangling his 21-year-old wife, Jessy, and leaving her body in their apartment for two days.

WITN News, and other media outlets, requested the tapes Tuesday morning. Police originally turned down our request, but then Wednesday released edited versions of two calls.

The first call appears to be from a friend of Richardson, who told 911 that Richardson was at his house and said he had killed his wife.

Caller: I don't know if he was joking or telling the truth, but he has completely freaked me out and told me that he killed his wife. 911: Do you know where he lives? (Unintelligible)

Caller: When he told me, I told him to get out of my house. 911: Did he say how he did it or anything? Caller: Uh, he said he had this note, that appeared to be a suicide note. Uh, telling that he did it...and that he had strangled her.

The second call is from Richardson, who was kept on the line until a police officer arrived at the apartment. Much of that conversation was edited out of the copy given to WITN.

911: You wrote a note explaining everything? Richardson: Uh, it pretty much explains the situation.

911: Are you suicidal, sir? Richardson: Uh, I was. It was actually a suicide note, um, and I was going to follow through on it last night, uh...but I just could not...I couldn't bring myself to do it.


A man arrested Monday night for killing his wife is no longer a U.S. Marine.

Cody Richardson remains in the Onslow County jail on a $1-million bond after appearing before a judge Tuesday. He's accused of strangling his 21-year-old wife, Jessy, and leaving her body in their apartment for two days.

Wednesday the Marine Corps announced that Richardson was administratively separated from the Corps. No other information was provided.

Richardson joined the Marines in 2007 and was promoted to corporal in May 2008.

They say Richardson deployed to Iraq in 2007 and has been awarded several medals, including the Iraqi Campaign Medal.


Jacksonville police say they believe a Camp Lejeune Marine left his dead wife in their apartment for two days before calling 911.

Corporal Cody Richardson is now charged with an open count of murder for the death of Jessy Richardson, who was 21-years-old.

Police say the homicide happened at Reserve Apartments.

At a morning news conference, police say it's believed the woman's body had been in the apartment for about two days. When police arrived, they found Richardson outside and immediately detained him because of what he said in a 911 call.

Police say the victim was found in the bedroom and Richardson told them he had strangled his wife. They believe she was killed as a result of a domestic dispute.

Sara Cisneros is a Marine wife who lives in the same apartment complex. "it's kinda scary, it's just a couple doors down, to know that's what happened...very shocking."

Cisneros told WITN News that she gets chills thinking about what happened and that the woman may have been dead for days.

Courthouse records show the two were married on May 21st, 2008 in Onslow County.

Camp Lejeune says the 22-year-old Richardson joined the Marine Corps three years ago and was promoted to corporal in May of 2008. The Marine is a anti-tank missile man, assigned to the 2nd Marine Regiment.

They say Richardson deployed to Iraq in 2007 and has been awarded several medals, including the Iraqi Campaign Medal. A Marine Corps news release says Richardson is from Carroll, New Hampshire.

Richardson appeared before a district court judge Tuesday morning who set his bond at $1-million. He has another court date on October 13th.


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