Recently retired Army vet Marinna Rollins, was found dead of an apparent suicide early Sunday morning at her home in Fayetteville, North Carolina
Her death comes nine days before she was scheduled to appear in court on animal cruelty charges
23-year-old Rollins had posted footage of herself and boyfriend Jarren Heng, 25, laughing as she tied her service dog to a tree and shooting it dead
The dog was shot five times in an incident caught on video
Authorities say Rollins killed herself, her body was found early Sunday by concerned called when they couldn’t contact her
Rollins and Heng were arrested on April 24, after the video of the dog shooting was posted to Facebook
The pair were each facing a felony charge of cruelty to animals
Rollins who was medically retired from the military in January reportedly was struggling with PTSD
Police in North Carolina say recently retired Army veteran Marinna Rollins [photo], killed herself on Sunday, in her Fayetteville apartment.
Concerned friends found the body of Marinna Rollins around 3.00 am on Sunday morning when they made a wellness on her check because they couldn’t contact her. Her death comes nine days before she was scheduled to appear in court on animal cruelty charges
According to police Lt. Todd Joyce of the Fayetteville police department, the death of the 23-year-old veteran is being investigated as a possible suicide.
Lt. Joyce confirmed that police were called to her apartment early Sunday around 3am after her body was found by friends, who were having trouble contacting her.
Recently Rollins[left], made news when she was arrested along with 25-year-old boyfriend Jarren Heng, when they shot her service dog on a live social media posting.
They pair Marina Rollins and Jarren Heng were charged on April 24 with cruelty to animals after investigators say they tied the dog to a tree and shot it multiple times with a rifle.
Cumberland County District Attorney Clark Reaves said the two could be heard laughing on a video recording they made as the dog was killed. That video was later posted to Facebook.
Live, let’s roll: Rollins and her boyfriend Jarren Heng just berore they tied her service dog to a tree and shot it dead last month. They posted the footage on social media
The pitbull [above] which she named camboui was originally adopted by her estranged husband, Matt Dyer. Rollins was looking after the dog bacause Dyer is currently on deployment, overseas. She had the dog, officially made her service dog.
Rollins and Heng were arrested after video of the dog’s shooting death was posted to Facebook, but her death comes just nine days before the they were due in couirty to face the charges. Animals rights activists had scheduled a protest for outside the courthouse the day of the hearing, May 16.
Court documents show Rollins received a medical retirement from the Army in January.
Her family and friends say she struggled with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after a traumatic experience while serving in South Korea.
Authorities say the dog was adopted by Rollins’ estranged husband Matt Dyer, who left the dog he named Huey behind with his wife before being deployed to South Korea for a year.
Rollins was medically discharged from the Army in January, her family said.She struggled with PTSD after something that happened to her during a deployment in South Korea,they said which may have prompted Dyer to say” “I felt like her having to take care of Huey would be good for her and would be good for Huey,” Dyer said, according to WNCN.
While he was away, Rollins had the dog certified as her emotional support dog, and renamed him Camboui.
On either April 16 or April 17, authorities say Rollins and her boyfriend took the dog to a wooded area where they shot it to death.
The two reportedly tied the dog up to a tree and then Heng filmed Rollins shooting the dog to death.
Rollins reportedly laughed in the video and then Heng asked if he could shoot the animal as well. Heng shot the dog five times with a rifle in quick succession.
In the video, Rollins can also be heard saying ‘It’s been real … I love you, you’re my puppy, you’re a good puppy, but…’
The sad aftermath shows a dead camboui before it was dragged off to be buried. The pair were arrested after their video of the dog’s shooting death was posted to Facebook
Above, the original listing for the dog at a Cumberland County animal shelter
The video then seems to show Rollins dragging the dead dog’s body around before burying him in a shallow grave.
‘Kind of put him a little deeper,’ Heng then appears to say.
The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office and Cumberland County Animal Control said they found multiple videos of the killing and also text messages talking about it.
A Justice for Cam Facebook site sprang up almost immediately, and a screen grab purporting to be from Rollins’ Facebook page shows someone who appears to be Rollins saying ‘Great last day with the pooch! Sad he has to go, but he will be much happier where he is heading off to :)’
When confronted by Animal Control officers after the killing, the couple said that the dog cost $75 a week to feed and had some health issues.
Heng was serving in an Army Special Operations Command Unit at the time of his arrest.
The Facebook page Justice for Cam posted a screen shot [above], allegedly posted byMarinna Rollins saying that Cam was going to a good home. Heng added ‘He’s gonna have such a great new life’
Marinna Rollins and Jarren Heng, each faced a felony charge of cruelty to animals after the dog was shot five times in the shooting incident caught on video.