Brother Claims Fatal Shooting Was Self-Defense

By: April Davis
By: April Davis

The brother of an Onslow County man charged with killing his wife claims the shooting was self defense.

Jaimie Hernandez says he was in the house when Kandace Hernandez was killed. Jaimie says his brother Juan did shoot her, but he claims it was after an argument, and only after she fired a gun at his brother first.

Investigators did say an argument led to the shooting, but have not said it was done in self-defense.

The Onslow County Sheriff's Office says a third person was in the Richlands home when the shooting happened, but have not said who that person was.

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The parents of murder victim Kandace Hernandez say just moments before she was killed Wednesday, they were on the phone making arrangements for her to return home. Today the Richlands woman's husband, a man who the sheriff's office says was a Marine Corps deserter, is charged with killing her.

"She said he was putting his hands on her, and I told her to call the police. She said okay, and that was the last time I talked to her," said Kandace Hernandez's father Corey Larew.

Hernandez's parents spoke to WITN from their home in Youngstown, Ohio only hours after the last time they heard their daughter's voice.

"I would have never ever thought Juan could do this to my daughter. I don't think she did either," said Kandace Hernandez's mother Tammy Larew.

Deputies Juan Hernandez, a man who once ran from the Marine Corps is now in custody. Crime scene tape blocked his Richlands home where investigators say he shot his wife. The suspect tells lawmen they were arguing over money and marijuana, but Kandace's parents heard differently.

"I heard my daughter say give me my wallet," said Mr. Larew.

Kandace's parents say she hung up her call from them by 2:52 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. Shortly after 3:00 p.m. the sheriff's office says it got the call of shots fired. In between just those few minutes, a life was lost. Lost too early because she could not get out quick enough according to Kandace's father.

"It was too late to get her a bus ticket that day. I was going to buy her a bus ticket fist thing in the morning so that she could get home,' said Mr. Larew.

Rather than plan a homecoming, now Kandace's parents say they are planning her burial.

Hernandez is charged with an open count of murder. Court records show he has a history of domestic assaults in Onslow and Carteret counties.

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WITN News has learned that the wife and victim of the accused suspect is named Kandace Hernandez.

Court officials tell WITN 24-year-old Juan Hernandez is due in court this morning in Onslow County after his wife was murdered Wednesday.

The 24-year-old man is charged with murder, assault on female, and resisting officer. Those warrants were served this morning,

The Onslow County Sheriff's Office got the call of a shooting on Wilson Avenue outside of Richlands Wednesday afternoon. Sheriff Ed Brown said the shooting appeared to have stemmed from a domestic dispute.

Brown says the suspect is a military deserter who used to be in the Marine Corps.

Authorities say one other person was in the house when the woman was killed.

Deputies say they've been out to the house in the past few days. They had also been called to the couple's home when they lived in Jacksonville.

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Deputies in Onslow County are investigating the homicide of a young woman.

The call came in around 3:00 p.m. Wednesday to a home on Wilson Avenue in the Richlands Township. Law enforcement officials say her death appears to be from a domestic dispute. She had been shot.

The woman's name and age have not been released, but the Onslow County Sheriff's Office says her husband, a former Marine, is now being questioned. Authorities say one other person was in the house when the woman was killed.

The sheriff's office says they had been out to the house in the past few days.

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