A pair of Army soldiers face charges of premeditated murder and kidnapping in the disappearance of a fellow Fort Campbell soldier, officials said Tuesday.
Spc. Charles Robinson and Sgt. Jamal Williams-McCray, the ex-husband of missing Pfc. Shadow McClaine, had been detained last month as unidentified persons of interest, The Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle reported. The 25-year-old California woman vanished in early September.
“Finally!! We will get the answers that we need. That we deserve!” one of McClaine’s family members wrote Tuesday on a Facebook page devoted to finding her.
All three soldiers had been assigned to the 101st Airborne Division, the famed “Screaming Eagles” of the base on the Kentucky-Tennessee border. McClaine last spoke to loved ones Sept. 2, and investigators found her abandoned car in a Nashville parking lot Sept. 13.
Fort Campbell officials on Tuesday announced charges of murder, kidnapping, and conspiracy against Williams-McCray and Robinson. The pair face prosecution under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
Fort Campbell officials said in a statement that no more information about the case would be released Tuesday due to the ongoing investigation and the pending legal process.
The Army’s Criminal Investigation Command has led the search for McClaine, At the time she went missing, McClaine faced charges of stalking and contempt of court related to her divorce, according to her mother, London Wegrzyn. “The situation is tumultuous, I'll say that,” Wegrzyn told Dateline. “She's not totally innocent in all this, but it is not all her either. And she's been trying to clean herself from it.
Visitors to the Facebook page on the search for McClaine offered support for her family after word of the charges surfaced in local media outlets Tuesday.
“I am so sorry and will be praying for your family,” one user said. “I think of your family and Shadow every day. Although I did not know and was never stationed with Shadow she is my sister in arms.”
“My first reaction was that finally there will be answers,” another user said. “Then I read that there's murder charges. My heart sank.”
“I'm still hoping for the best outcome here,” a third one wrote. “How can soldiers who are trained to depend on one another to survive in a war zone do this to each other on the home front? My heart breaks for everything this beautiful girl and her devoted family has gone through.”
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