An Army veteran accused of killing her dog in North Carolina was found dead early Sunday and police are investigating the death as a possible suicide.
Marinna Rollins, 23, was out on bail for animal cruelty charges filed in Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office in April.
The retired veteran’s friends found Rollins’ body in her apartment around 3 a.m. in Fayetteville, according to city police Lt. Todd Joyce.
Rollins adopted the pup known as “Cam” in 2016 after her ex-boyfriend, also a service member, moved to his next posting in South Korea.
She attempted to find the dog a new home in early April, according to social media postings shared by the “Justice for Cam” Facebook page. The dog was later tied to a tree and shot to death.
Police said Rollins and her soldier boyfriend, Jarren Heng, recorded Cam’s gruesome death in a video.
The video footage showed the couple giggling while blasting Cam with five bullets. Rollins then dragged the dog to a shallow grave.
Cumberland County District Attorney Clark Reaves said Cam was a therapy dog for Rollins, who was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and medically retired from the military in January.
Heng remains out on a $25,000 bail.