JACKSONVILLE, NC (WNCT) – An Onslow County woman won’t be charged after her estranged husband and boyfriend were found dead inside a burned home on Haw Branch Road in Richlands.

Major Chris Thomas said Wednesday that no charges will be filed against Cody Smith’s estranged wife, 32-year-old Monica Rose Smith. He said she shot and killed her husband in an act of self-defense August 27 after Cody Smith killed her current boyfriend, 43-year-old Gregory Pearce.

The DA said that Cody Smith is the one responsible for Pearce’s death.

Major Thomas said Cody Smith arrived at his estranged wife’s home with criminal intent on the night of August 27th. With him, he brought a backpack filled with rope, two loaded firearms, duck tape, and matches.

‘He restrained her and tied her up with ligatures which he had brought in the backpack,” said Major Chris Thomas, Onslow County Sheriff’s Department. “Once he had tied Ms. Smith up, he used her cell phone to send text messages to Mr. Pearce.”

Once Pearce arrived, Cody Smith shot him four times. Then, he set the house on fire and untied Monica Smith.

“During that period, Ms. Smith was able to gain control over the handgun used to shoot Mr. Pearce and she fired one shot killing Mr. Smith,” said Thomas.

District Attorney Ernie Lee said at the news conference, no charges will be filed against her, “Monica Rose Smith held what objectively appears to be reasonable fear of imminent death or serious bodily injury to herself.”

Autopsy results show both Cody Smith and Pearce died from gunshot wounds.

The Smith’s children were not home at the time of the incident.

The district attorney said North Carolina state law allows for the use of deadly force when the individual believes they are at risk of death. He said Monica Smith’s actions were justified.

Major Thomas said Cody Smith started the fire in the upstairs closet of the master bedroom. It was quickly extinguished by firefighters but not before it spread to the attic.Original Story: 

The Onslow County Sheriff’s Office continues its homicide investigation after two bodies were found inside a home while crews were putting out a fire there.

Deputies responded to the home on 1872 Haw Branch Road in Richlands around 9:20 p.m. Saturday night after reports of an assault and fire. The Sheriff’s Office found 33-year-old Cody Smith of Richlands and 43-year-old Gregory Pearce of Jacksonville inside the residence.

Deputies say they died as a result of gunshot wounds.

The sheriff’s office said it’s treating the incident as a homicide case. Sheriff Hans Miller said they’re looking at a domestic dispute as a possible motive.

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