Skip to comments.Sailor Kills Marine After Lie About Rape
Posted on 10/23/2006 5:09:14 PM PDT by Kaslin
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - A sailor pleaded guilty Monday to abducting and killing a Marine corporal he thought had been involved in a gang rape. The rape turned out to be a lie, but the truth surfaced too late.
Petty Officer 3rd Class Cooper Jackson, 23, pleaded guilty Monday to premeditated murder, kidnapping, impersonating a Naval Criminal Investigative Service agent and obstruction of justice in connection with the death of Cpl. Justin L. Huff, 23.
In exchange for his guilty plea, prosecutors agreed to spare him a possible death sentence.
Federal agents had testified at his Article 32 hearing, the military equivalent of a grand jury investigation, that Jackson had been fooled into falling in love with a woman who called herself Samantha and made up a story about being raped by servicemen.
"Samantha" turned out to be Ashley Elrod, a 22-year-old hotel clerk on North Carolina's Outer Banks, who testified that she lied about being raped. She said she "might have" told Jackson that one of the Marines was named Huff or Huffman, and she said Jackson called her after Huff was killed. Elrod has not been charged.
During his court-martial, Jackson told the Navy judge how he posed as an NCIS agent and took Huff to North Carolina to get information about the purported rape. He said he then slit Huff's throat and buried the body to avoid being caught.
"I'd broken several laws and I had a missing Marine with me," Jackson said at his hearing Monday. "Quite frankly, I was scared of the consequences of what would happen, of being caught, more so than I was of the consequences of taking his life."
If the judge accepts the plea, Jackson could be sentenced to life in prison with or without the possibility of parole, said his lawyer, Don Marcari. The sentencing phase was to begin Tuesday.
Huff, 23, of Indianapolis, was reported missing Jan. 2 after he didn't show up for class at the Navy and Marine Corps Intelligence Training Center in Virginia Beach, where Jackson also was a student.
Agents said Jackson, of Boones Mill, confessed when they questioned him Jan. 12. The next day, he led agents to Huff's body in a wooded area in Currituck County, N.C., just south of the Virginia-North Carolina border.
What did any of this have to do with women in the military?
What on earth are you talking about? What woman in this story is in the military????
That stupid girl, Ashley Elrod, ought to be charged with something. It's outrageous that her lie caused this to happen!
PLENTY of pictures of the victim on Google News, etc., but not one that I could find of Jackson. I wonder why?
Note that all of this happened in January of 2006. The headline suggests that this just happened.
"PLENTY of pictures of the victim on Google News, etc., but not one that I could find of Jackson. I wonder why?"
LOL I had posted this on the earlier thread.
"I give up, I wanted to see what a man that would do such a thing looks like, but it seems he is a murderer and a serviceman without a picture, I'm also curious what the woman looks like, and what charges she is facing, in all the stories I looked at on the net I couldn't find a picture of either of them.
I did see a picture of the victim who's throat was slit, he was a square jawed, intelligent looking Marine."
What a dumbass
I guess that is because the article is about the trial, not when the crime happened
I imagine it's pretty hard for the marine's family to deal with the stupidity of this crime. A stupid girl, a stupid guy and a totally innocent man, who was doing something honorable and good is dead. And they will probably both live long lives.
The woman in question was a hotel clerk.
Make sure you have the right guy.
Rule Number Two:
Make sure the accuser isn't some spaced-out crack whore crying wolf.