Army Vet Who Filmed Herself Shooting Her Dog Commits Suicide
Officials are investigating the possible suicide of an Army veteran who was recently charged after videoing herself shooting her dog while laughing.
Marinna Rollins posted graphic footage on Facebook of her tying the service dog to a tree before killing it.
Charged with animal cruelty, she was set to appear in court on May 16, where animal rights activists had planned to gather for a protest. However, at 3am on Sunday police were called to the 23-year-old's flat where she was found dead.
Fayetteville Police Lt. Todd Joyce refused to comment on what evidence had been found, but the Daily Mail reports that Rollins is suspected to have committed suicide.
Credit: Cumberland County Sheriff's Office
The vet served in South Korea up until January, when she received a medical retirement from the Army, the Mail reports. Family and friends said she struggled with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) after experiencing something horrific while serving.
The dog, which she named Camboui, was left to her by her estranged husband Matt Dyer, also serving in South Korea. He originally named the dog Huey, and had believed a canine companion would benefit Rollins.
"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.
Officials say that between April 16 and April 17, she and her new boyfriend, Jarren Heng, took the dog to a wooded area, tied him up and then shot it, according to the Daily Mail.
More videos were found of the killing, alongside text messages sent to organise it. Prior to committing the act, Rollins posted a Facebook status in which she said she loved the dog but was sad about him "having to go".
"Great last day with the pooch! Sad he has to go, but he will be much happier where he is heading off to," she wrote.
Animal Control officers asked the pair about the killing, as they attempted to justify their actions by saying she cost $75 per week to maintain and had health issues.
Heng was also charged with animal cruelty and was arrested while serving in an Army Special Operations Command Unit, the Mail reports.
Source: The Daily Mail
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