JACKSONVILLE, N.C. - After nearly two weeks of investigation by the Jacksonville Police Department into an attempted burglary that left two men dead, Onslow County District Attorney Ernie Lee announced this morning that charges will not be filed against the shooters. Until Friday, the circumstances surrounding the shooting that killed Diego Everette and Maurice Skinner during a burglary attempt at 107 Country Club Drive were cloudy at best.
Now, with the investigation complete, Onlsow County District Attorney, Ernie Lee detailed the events.
The two men were shot during an attempted burglary of the house, after being surprised by the residents, as they returned home. The burglars held them at gun point and threatened to kill them.
According to Lee, the Marine grabbed for the gun when Skinner looked away and a struggle for the weapon followed.
"The Marine resident was able to kick Skinner and free the shotgun from Skinner's grip. Skinner came at the Marine resident who was on the floor and the Marine resident two times.
The Marine resident then found Everette struggling with another Marine who was a guest in the home and shot Everette once in the rear end.
The whole altercation happened within 15 minutes, Jacksonville Police arrived on the scene at 1:55 am to find Skinner and Everette dead in the home.
Lee says the shooting of Everette and Skinner falls under North Carolina statute 14-51.2, commonly referred to as the castle doctrine.
"Based upon my review of the facts of this case, the occupants of the residence were justified in using deadly force against both everette and skinner because the actions of everette and skinner caused the occupants to reasonably believe it necessary to use deadly force to protect their lives."
The two Camp Lejeune Marines and one civilian of 107 sustained substantial injuries during the attack. lee says they were lucky to survive.
"The three occupants are fortunate that they did not suffer even greater serious injury or death. The actions of these three individuals in defending themselves may very well have saved their lives."
JACKSONVILLE, N.C. - After nearly two weeks of investigation by the Jacksonville Police Department into an attempted burglary that left two men dead, Onslow County District Attorney Ernie Lee announced this morning that charges will not be filed against the shooters.
Lee says back on April 15th, 33 year olds Diego Everette and Maurice Skinner attempted to rob the house at 107 Country Club Drive in Jacksonville.
The three men living there returned home during the robbery and struggled with Everette and Skinner over a shotgun that the two "would be burglars" found in the house.
During the struggle one of the residents who is a marine stationed at Camp Lejeune recovered the shotgun and shot both men.
Lee says the shooting was justified, “Based upon my review of the facts of this case, the occupants of the residence were justified in using deadly force against both Everette and Skinner because the actions of Everette and Skinner caused the occupants to reasonably believe it necessary to use deadly force to protect their lives."
Lee says he will not release the names of the Marine and civilian residents of the house or the marine guest who was with them during the incident.
A JPD investigation of the shooting also revealed that Everette and Skinner were responsible for two car break-ins on Country Club Drive right before that attempted burglary.
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JACKSONVILLE, N.C. - Authorities say they are continuing to investigate the case of a Jacksonville attempted burglary that left two men dead earlier this week.
After almost a week of investigating, a decision still has not been made as to wether or not charges will be filed against two Marines who police say shot and killed 33-year-olds Maurice Skinner and Diego Everette upon finding the two men attempting to steal from their home.
District Attorney, Ernie Lee says he needs all the evidence Jacksonville Police can collect before he decides.
"Oh it's very important. Particularly in a case like this because you hear so much stuff out there in the public, a lot of rumors. But what I deal with is not rumors, not hearsay. I want facts. I want to know what the facts of this particular case are before I make a decision."
Chief, Mike Yaniero says the department wants to be thorough in it's investigation and that takes time.
"We get a lot of leads in something like this and we have to go out and find the people that maybe the crime stopper tip had mentioned. So it takes some time to locate those people so that we can answer all the questions."
Chief Yaniero says there is no exact timetable for the investigation's conclusion, and that it will be finished when the department feels they have all the information they need to present to the District Attorney.
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JACKSONVILLE, N.C. - An investigation into the death of two men at a residence on Country Club Drive has tied the pair to a motor vehicle break-in.
Police say two items recovered from the bodies of 33-year-old Diego Martes Everette and 33-year-old Maurice Skinner were reported stolen from a motor vehicle break-in in the area.
Captain Billy Houston said Thursday, “The recovered items provide physical evidence that link the motor vehicle break-in to the shooting case.”
On Sunday, Everette and Skinner were shot during a reported burglary attempt. Three residents of the home said they were attacked by the pair when they returned home. A fight ensued. Everette and Skinner were shot in the altercation and pronounced dead a short time later.
If you have any information that might be helpful to police, contact JPD Detectives David Brown or Richard Kellum at 910-938-6405 or Onslow County Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273.
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JACKSONVILLE, N.C.– Two Camp Lejeune Marines returned home early Sunday morning to find two men in their house. The intruders didn't make it out of the house alive.
33-year-old, Maurice Skinner and 33-year-old, Diego Everette were identified by police as the men killed in the burglary attempt. Both men are from Jacksonville.
Skinner and Everette were pronounced dead at the scene, but according to Jacksonville Police Chief, Mike Yaniero it is unlikely that anyone will be charged in the shooting.
"The investigation is ongoing, however at this time there is no evidence to suggest that criminal charges be filed."
Chief Yaniero says the department will increase their patrols in the neighborhood.
"We'll be in the neighborhood. We try to stay in those neighborhoods but we will be especially vigilant in that particular neighborhood in the next couple weeks."
Marine Corps officials have not released the names of the Marines who shot the intruders.
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JACKSONVILLE, N.C. – Authorities continue to investigate a Sunday morning shooting during a burglary that left two intruders dead.
The shooting happened around 2 o'clock Sunday morning at 107 Country Club Drive.
According to police, three residents returned home to find two intruders in the house.
Police say the intruders attacked the residents and gunfire was exchanged. The two intruders killed have been identified as 33-year-old Diego Everett and 33-year-old Maurice Skinner, both from Jacksonville.
The three residents of the home were treated and released from Onslow Memorial Hospital. Two of the residents are active duty Marines based out of Camp Lejeune.
No charges have been filed at this time. Jacksonville police say they are working with NCIS and the Jacksonville District Attorney's Office on the case.
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JACKSONVILLE, N.C. - Neighbors describe Country Club Drive as "quiet" and "stable". They say it’s hardly a place where anyone would feel unsafe in their own home.
But now, some might be re-evaluating that impression after Jacksonville Police responded to a burglary attempt Sunday just before 2:00 AM.
Police say three victims came home to find two intruders inside. They say that's when the intruders attacked them.
But this burglary doesn't end like one might think. The intruders were shot and killed while all three victims survived.
They were treated at Onslow Memorial Hospital and have since been released.
People at the home today refused to comment on the incident and police have yet to release the names of the victims or why the intruders targeted the home in the first place.
To find out more, 9 On Your Side combed the surrounding homes looking for anyone who knew more information. The neighbors we talked with would not go on camera. But they say several marines from Camp Lejeune live at the home. Police have yet to confirm this information.
One neighbor said he checked on the victims this morning and could only describe them as “traumatized”.
Jacksonville Police Chief Mike Yaniero has scheduled a press conference monday morning to divulge more details.
This investigation is ongoing and anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Jacksonville Police or the Onslow County Crime Stoppers.
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JACKSONVILLE, N.C. - Jacksonville Police say two intruders in an attempted robbery were shot and killed early Sunday morning.
It happened at a home on Country Club Drive just before 2:00 Sunday morning.
The three residents of the home tell police they entered the house and were attacked by two suspects. The three residents were taken to Onslow Memorial Hospital and have been released. Both intruders were pronounced dead at the scene.
Police say the investigation is ongoing and they plan to hold a press conference Monday morning.
Anyone with information is asked to call Jacksonville Police.
Guess they picked the wrong house...