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More Info: Lejeune Marine arrested for murder in Alabama

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CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. -

A Camp Lejeune Marine is behind bars after police say he killed his wife in Alabama.

23-year-old Lance Corporal Marquis Cheatum and his girlfriend 21-year-old Dominique Atkinson were arrested in Onslow County. They're charged with one count each of capital murder in the death of his wife, Ashley Cheatum.

Marine Corps officials say Cheatham was a personnel clerk at the Marine Corps Engineering School at Camp Lejeune since February 2011. Originally from Montgomery, Alabama, he joined the Marine Corps in December 2009.

Police and fire medics found Cheatum's wife with a gunshot wound last Monday.

Marine Corps officials say Cheatham was not in a leave status at the time of the incident, and his liberty plan for a three day weekend did not indicate he was going to travel outside the local area.

Cheatham has won several awards during his time in the Marine Corps including the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and National Defense Service Medal. Officials also tell us Cheatham has not deployed overseas.

Cheatum and Atkinson will now be extradited to Alabama.

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A Camp Lejeune Marine and his girlfriend are in custody for allegedly shooting the man's wife in Alabama.

Marquis Cheatham, 23, of Montgomery, Alabama and Dominique Atkinson, 21, of North Carolina, were arrested Friday by the Onslow County Sheriff's Office.

Cheatham and Atkinson are accused of shooting Ashley Cheatham and stealing her car on Monday in Montgomery, Alabama.

According to the Montgomery Advertiser, Marquis Cheatham was taken into custody Wednesday by military police aboard Camp Lejeune.

Both Marquis Cheatham and Atkinson are being held without bond and await extradition to Montgomery. Atkinson is identified as Marquis Cheatham's girlfriend.

Police and fire medics found Ashley Cheatham with a gunshot wound Monday morning. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The shooting appears to have stemmed from an argument between Marquis Cheatham and Ashley Cheatham.

Marquis Cheatham and Dominique Atkinson are scheduled for a first court appearance on Monday.

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