A love triangle involving an active duty Marine and a military spouse ended in a double homicide in Onslow County, just outside of Camp Lejeune.
Major Chris Thomas declared that Staff Sergeant Cody Smith, an active duty Camp Lejeune Marine, had recently returned back from a deployment to Bulgaria on July 31st and was served divorce papers shortly thereafter.
Smith contacted his wife, Monica, to see if he could come to her home and collect some personal items. Once he entered the home on August 27, things got heated and she asked him to leave. Smith tied up his wife and used her cell phone to lure 43-year-old Marine vet Gregory Pearce to the home.
Smith brought two handguns, matches, and lighter fluid with him to the home. When Pearce arrived, he found Monica tied up and tried to call 911. He was then shot 4 times by Smith.
Smith reportedly started the fire in the house at that time. While Smith was trying to move his wife to another portion of the home, she was able to get away from him and wrangle away a handgun. She shot him once and dialed 911.
District Attorney Ernie Lee reports that no charges will be filed against Monica Smith as she acted in self-defense. He continued by stating that there was physical evidence on her body of being tied up as well as evidence collected at the fire scene.
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