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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  • by what? Location: here on Jul 29, 2011 at 04:06 AM
    to July 14 comment - (Anonymous) - "Fry them both" - both? who? are you crazy?"
  • by porkchop on Jul 28, 2011 at 04:20 AM
    ...confssed "to" murdering...
  • by Mel Location: Jacksonville NC on Jul 22, 2011 at 07:52 PM
    I new Tim and we hung out, Their is more to this story, Yes what he did was Wrong! No one is Perfect by n e means, we all mess up, some bigger then other's. It's not right to Judge him I stand behind Tim 100% , and then throwing his Dad into this is wrong! I feel bad for both the family's and will keep them all in my prayers
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      by Sarah on Jul 28, 2011 at 03:54 AM in reply to Mel
      So...what you are saying "Mel" is that you stand behind a man who brutally shot and killed a woman? Do you have children or sisters or even a mother? Would you "stand behind" a person if they murdered one of YOUR sisters, daughters, or mother? I could see you standing behind him if he claimed he was innocent but he ADMITTED to killing her! Thats why this country is falling apart..people who feel there is a justifiable reason to slain a person!!
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        by mel on Mar 19, 2012 at 10:43 AM in reply to Sarah
        I have kids and yes i stand behind him 100% just bc u lived with him ASHLEY AKA anon dont mean n e thing !
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      by Anon on Jul 28, 2011 at 05:45 AM in reply to Mel
      You stand behind him? Are you kidding me? I lived with him. There's no 'standing behind' a murderer. Wow.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 14, 2011 at 08:20 AM
    Only two differences between him and OJ.He is white and confessing.Fry him,fry them both.
  • by Susan Location: Mitchell on Jul 8, 2011 at 11:59 PM
    To the ones offering prayers for everyone involved, thank you. To the rest of you-Who gave you the right to judge. The Bible says Jesus died on the cross for our PAST, PRESENT, & FUTURE SINS. Please pray for these families, do not persecute them.
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      by clint on Jul 9, 2011 at 01:34 PM in reply to Susan
      What you said in your post is a judgement. Most of the comments are about the "good ole boy" system in Onslow. This is a news site where people are allowed to comment or share their opinion. God and Jesus are all well and good as praying for the family is well and good. That said, man must judge and punish criminals or we would live in anarchy. If these comments offend your sensibilities maybe you should get off the site and pray about it or something.
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        by Mary on Jul 14, 2011 at 06:44 AM in reply to clint
        Thumbs up Clint! Well said!
  • by Amber N. Location: Jacksonville on Jul 8, 2011 at 09:49 AM
    I knew tim because i played with his sister emily A. since 4th or 5th grade.. Even though i didnt know Caityln liked that i still wud pray for her and her family.... i was really shocked because tim was a good man... but also dshe never should have deserved it.. rest heavenly in peace
  • by Nicole Location: Clayton on Jul 7, 2011 at 09:06 PM
    My husband and I used to work with him. I know what he was really like. He had a cool side and he also had a very dark side to him. I am shocked to hear that he has done something like this. I am sorry that Caitlyn got involved with him. I did not know her, but this should not have happened to her. I pray that he gets the max sentence. Prayers to her family.
  • by Nuts Location: Greenville on Jul 7, 2011 at 02:53 PM
    This guy is charged with murder. This is a situation, assuming strong evidence, that will send him to jail. Everyone thinking his daddy will strike a backroom deal has been watching too much TV.
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      by Anonymous on Jul 7, 2011 at 03:17 PM in reply to Nuts
      Daddy's friends are doing the investigation. A reward is being offered by for more information. Daddy's friends were responsible for collecting the evidence. Just watch it unfold and learn.
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        by Nuts on Jul 14, 2011 at 05:59 AM in reply to
        After watching this unfold, and considering he confessed to murder..... how will daddy help that? Like I said.... too much TV.
  • by Jen Location: Jacksonville on Jul 7, 2011 at 02:31 PM
    Why is he being refered to as "Deputy Provost Marshal's son"....It wouldn't say "McDonalds Managers son" would it!?!?
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      by Coastal on Jul 14, 2011 at 06:51 PM in reply to Jen
      Good point Jen!
  • by Anonymous Location: Jacksonville on Jul 7, 2011 at 02:23 PM
    The Jacksonville Police are offering a $2,500. reward for more information. He's hiring his own attorney. Here we go again.
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