Master Sgt. William Lavigne II, 37, and Army veteran Timothy Dumas, 44, were both found dead in a training area at Fort Bragg, NC on Dec 2
One body reportedly, was found lying flat on the ground. The other was wrapped in a blanket near a pickup truck, a short distance away
Both men were facing criminal charges and ‘had been under investigation for selling narcotics’
Anonymous military sources revealed that investigators suspect that this could be ‘a double homicide resulting from a drug deal gone wrong’
Dumas was ‘supposed to appear in court Dec 17, on charges of breaking and entering, communicating threats and impersonating a law enforcement officer’
Lavigne was ‘due in court on Jan 15, for a hit-and-run charge’
There is no known link between the charges, but both men were reportedly under investigation by Army officials for ‘using and selling drugs’
The Special Forces soldier and the Army veteran both found dead at Fort Bragg in a suspected double homicide were each facing criminal charges, and may have been killed because they ran afoul of accomplices in a criminal enterprise, military sources have revealed.
The bodies of Master Sgt. William Lavigne II, 37, and Army veteran Timothy Dumas, 44, were both discovered at a remote part of the training area on the North Carolina base, on December 2.
Newly emerging details about the victims has put a new spin on the case. It was revealed that both men were due to appear in court and had reportedly been under investigation for selling drugs.
According to the Fayetteville Observer, Dumas was ‘supposed to appear in Forsyth County District Court on December 17 for charges of breaking and entering, communicating threats and impersonating a law enforcement officer.’
In that case, Dumas allegedly kicked down the door of an apartment before he told the male occupant that he was a police officer and made a series of threats.
Meanwhile, Lavigne ‘was supposed to appear in Cumberland County District Court on January 15 for a hit-and-run charge.’
The two cases have not been linked by reporters or law enforcement officials, and it is unknown how Lavigne and Dumas were actually tied to one another.
No other military members have come forward detailing the relationship between the pair, which remains clouded in mystery.
However, the fact that both men have had recent brushes with the law has led some to suspect that they were involved in shady dealings together prior to their deaths.
An Army official told CBS News that ‘investigators suspect that [their deaths], was a double homicide resulting from a drug deal gone wrong’.
Another defense official told the network that both Lavigne and Dumas had both ‘been under investigation for using and selling drugs’
Earlier this week it was also revealed that Lavigne was allegedly responsible for the fatal shooting of Green Beret Mark Leshikar during an altercation back in 2018
In a report with Connecting Vets and Radio.com, Leshikar’s family revealed how Lavigne had allegedly shot hs longtime friend, Sgt. First Class Mark Leshikar, dead inside his home two years ago but was never charged, despite inconsistencies in his account of the incident.
Lavigne had claimed that 33-year-old Leshikar, came at him with a screwdriver, shortly after their families returned from a joint trip to Disney World, Florida.
Yet he initially told cops that Leshikar had killed himself, and in another version of events, said that he could not see Leshikar’s hands and would not have known if he had a screwdriver.
An investigating officer from the 1st Special Forces Command wrote in a memorandum that Lavigne was not credible in his retelling of the incident. The command ultimately ruled that Sgt. Leshikar’s death was in the line of duty. The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office also declared Leshikar’s death ‘justifiable homicide’.
Leshikar’s sister Nicole Rick told Connecting Vets that Lavigne and Leshikar were best friends but would often argue and both were involved in taking drugs.
Leshikar had a desk job in Fort Bragg after suffering from a traumatic brain injury due to an improvised explosive device detonating near him. He had served in Afghanistan and Tajikistan.
His family said that he became addicted to Tramadol which he was prescribed to treat his brain injury and began to self-medicate with Valium.
Both men allegedly used cocaine.
‘I knew about Mark’s drugs, I knew about Billy’s drugs,’ Leshikar’s mother Tammy Mabey told Connecting Vets.
Lavigne would go on to have another brush with the law the following year. Records also show he was involved in other Cumberland County cases that never resulted in charges.
In February 2019, he was charged with a felony for allegedly harboring an escapee but his court date, and the charge, later disappeared from the records.
In February 2019, Lavigne was charged with a felony for allegedly harboring an escapee but his court date, and the charge, appeared to have been expunged from the records.
Lavigne enlisted in the Army in 2001 and deployed multiple times to Afghanistan and Iraq in support of the Global War on Terrorism.
In 2007, he graduated from the Special Forces Qualification Course and was assigned to the 1st Special Forces with a follow-on assignment to US Army Special Operations Command.
Dumas served in the Army from 1996 to 2016.
Lavigne and Dumas’ deaths were discovered earlier this month after their bodies were found in the training area of Fort Bragg.
WRAL reported that one body was found lying flat on the ground. The other was wrapped in a blanket near a pickup truck.
The deaths are being investigated by special agents from the Army Criminal Investigation Command.