WITN News is following the death investigation of a Marine on base at Camp Lejeune.
WSMV-TV in Nashville, Tennessee reported that Cpl. Johnathon Burnette was murdered, stabbed several times and found in a pool of his own blood inside his barracks aboard Camp Lejeune.
The autopsy is now complete. An official tells WITN preliminary indications are the wounds were self-inflicted.
We are told Burnette was found alive in his room, but died later at the hospital. Officials say a command member's conversation with Burnette
led Naval Criminal Investigative Services to believe there was no crime involved.
Burnette was a member of the Headquarters Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Lejeune. Burnette was a landing support specialist who joined the Marine Corps in June 2005.
"If I ever felt that he would've been safe, it would've been in his camp," said Steve Burnette, the victim's father. He was interviewed by WSMV-TV.
The report says Burnette graduated from Cookeville High in Tennessee, and was an avid motorcycle rider. Relatives say he was so excited to join the Marine Corps, he talked about leaving school early.
The Marine Corps says Burnette’s awards include the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.
The Marine Corps says Cpl. Johnathon Burnette, died Wednesday while on base at Camp Lejeune.
Naval Criminal Investigative Services is conducting an investigation into the circumstances surrounding his death. He was assigned to Headquarters Battalion, 2Nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force. Burnette was a Marine Landing Support Specialist. He joined the Marine Corps June 7, 2005.
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