( 4UMF NEWS ) Soldier Drives Across Country And Kills Man With His Wife:
A U.S. Army soldier is accused of killing a man he discovered with his wife when he came home to Hinesville, Ga. on Saturday, according to police.
Jermaine Ray Mealy, who is stationed at Fort Polk in Louisiana, was later arrested and charged with murder in the town roughly 40 miles southeast of Savannah, according to Liberty County Sheriff’s Office inmate records.
Police say Mealy, a 31-year-old chief warrant officer, drove over 900 miles to Georgia from his training in Texarkana in northeast Texas on Friday night following a reported robbery at the house, WTOC-TV reported.
A fight broke out between Mealy and the as-yet-unidentified victim when he found the male friend with his as-yet-unidentified wife at around 12:15, Hinesville Police Department Lt. Susy Jackson told the TV station. Mealy allegedly shot the man several times in the stomach and chest.
Emergency personnel rushed the wounded man to Liberty Regional Medical Center, but he was pronounced dead at the hospital, said Chief of Detectives Thomas Cribbs, according to WSAV-TV.
The other man and Mealy’s wife won’t be publicly identified until their relatives can be notified, WJCL-TV reported.
Mealy apparently spoke to his wife following the alleged burglary at 10:45 p.m. on Friday night, Jackson told WTOC.
“She told him not to worry about it because police had been here,” Jackson said. “This morning, she had a friend that came over, and then later her husband shows up.”
Mealy now faces a first-degree murder charge and no bail has been set for his release, according to county records.
Representatives for the Army and Fort Polk didn’t immediately respond to requests for Mealy’s status and tenure with the Army on Saturday night.
But people who know him took to social media to defend him after the story broke on local TV stations.
“I served with this man and he is honorable and respected by many including myself,” one commenter wrote on the WTOC Facebook page.
A woman who identified herself as Mealy’s cousin asked fellow users for their prayers and sent condolences to the unidentified victim’s family.
“None of us could say what we would have done,” she wrote.
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