Marinna Rollins, 23, an ex-solider who was charged with shooting her dog has been found dead due to an apparent suicide. Rollins was one of two people who was charged with the animal killing last month.
Jarren Heng, 25, had also faced a felony charge of cruelty to animals after the dog was shot five times and captured on Facebook Live. The body of Marinna Rollins was found around 3 a.m. Sunday morning at her Fayetteville residence, according to CBS station WNCN.
— Our Dog Prince (@OurDogPrince) May 8, 2017
Both Rollins and Jarren Heng, 25, were charged on April 24 after a videotape surfaced on Facebook showing the couple shooting their dog and laughing. They faced charges of cruelty to animals and conspiracy, according to Fox News.
The couple took the gray-and-white male pit bull named Camboui to an unknown wooded area on April 16 or 17, according to ABC News.
Marinna Rollins of Windham was stationed at Fort Bragg, but ended her military career in January of 2017. The Army veteran was found dead around 3:00 am on Sunday in Fayetteville, according to local authorities.
Police are investigating Rollins’ death as a suicide.
Rollins’ estranged husband, Matt Dyer, a Fort Bragg soldier, adopted the dog, then named “Huey,” before he was deployed to Korea for a year. Dyer says that, although he and Rollins were separated, she agreed to care for Huey during his deployment. Dyer revealed to WNCN that during his deployment, Rollins got Huey certified as an emotional support dog.
Rollins then changed the dog’s name to “Cambouis.” Friends and family said Marinna Rollins suffered from severe PTSD after a traumatic incident that occurred while she served in South Korea. Marinna said she had become attached to the dog and didn’t want to give him back.
“I felt like her having to take care of Huey would be good for her and would be good for Huey.”
Matt, Rollins’ ex-husband, said when he returned to North Carolina, he was not able to take the dog back due to him moving into an apartment, according to Heavy. On April 15, Rollin’s ex-husband said he spotted Rollins and her boyfriend, Jarren Heng, were looking for someone to take the dog. It was then she told him the dog was taken to a shelter.
Deputies also said there is video evidence in the dog shooting case the DA’s office said it would use.
#jarrenheng#marinnarollins disgraceful dog killers…disgusting example of American soldiers pic.twitter.com/gfeR1g4YLh
— troy vallafskey (@Tdoug70Troy) April 27, 2017
A close friend of Rollins’ uploaded video of the shooting to Facebook. The source who recorded stated that they hoped it would get attention leading to punishment.
In the first video, the dog is tied to a tree while Rollins, who is shirtless and wearing camo pants, stands near him with a gun. Marinna then asks Heng, who is recording, “tell me when,” and he replies, “go ahead.”
She cocks the rifle and shoots the dog at close range. As the dog moans, Heng says, “get him,” and she shoots the defenseless animal four more times. Heng then says, “let me hit him, let me hit him once,” The couple finds the scene entertaining and begins laughing. “Oh s***, that’s his nerves going.” A woman’s voice is heard in the background, the couple laughs as the dog twitches on the ground.
“It’s been real, Cammy, I love you. You’re my puppy. You’re a good puppy.”
In the last video clip, Rollins goes over to the dead dog, picks him up, shoves him over, says her parting words to the dog and covers him with a sheet. The video ends.
“I love you, you’re a good dog.”
A man’s voice can be heard as Rollins pushes the dog into the shallow grave, “Kind of put him a little deeper in there.”
Army Veteran Tied Service Dog to Tree, Shot It 5 Times on Camera: Cops: Marinna Rollins can be heard laughing as… https://t.co/nVwn5jMlaD
— NNY News.ca (@NewsNearYouca) April 27, 2017
Police said that before shooting her dog, Rollins posted a photo of her dog on her Facebook page along with text that she “was sad that her dog had to go to a happier place.” Authorities added that she sent text messages confessing to the killing of her dog.
Rollins’ sister contacted authorities about the video on April 19, WCSH-TV reports, and an investigation was launched. Court documents show that the dog was Rollins’ service dog and that the microchip had been changed to show her as the owner. But her husband’s name remained on the adoption papers, according to Heavy.
“I want people to know Huey’s real story – not what they’re getting from Marinna and Jarren – someone who actually knows what happened… They’re just going to say whatever keeps them in the least amount of trouble.”
Matt, who asked that his last name not be used, said Marinna Rollins and Jarren Heng did not own a rifle, and purchased the gun specifically to kill the dog, Rollin’s ex-husband told Popular Military.
“They didn’t just get drunk and decide to kill Huey… This was premeditated, they had planned this.”
Marinna Rollins was out on bail of $25,000 when she died, according to the Fayetteville Observer. Jarren Heng remains out on bail in the same amount. Rollins was due back in court with Heng on May 16. There is a protest planned outside the courthouse.
[Featured Image by Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office/AP Images]