Marinna Rollins, a 23-year -old Army veteran, was found dead in her home by friends on Sunday. North Carolina Police who later arrived at the scene said it appeared to be a suicide.
According to Fayetteville Police Lt. Todd Joyce, Rollins killed herself, but he did not give any details as to what evidence helped him draw this conclusion.
One month ago, Rollins and her 25-year-old boyfriend, Jarren Heng, filmed themselves tying up her service dog to a tree and shooting it to death with a rifle. According to Cumberland County District Attorney Clark Reaves, the couple could be heard laughing in the recording which they later posted to Facebook.
In the video, Rollins said, “It’s been real … I love you, you’re my puppy, you’re a good puppy, but…”
She was then seen dragging the dog’s lifeless body around in the video. The two were charged with animal cruelty and their second court appearance was scheduled nine days before Rollins was found dead.
Reportedly, Rollin’s family claimed she suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after serving in South Korea. She was retired medically from the military in January.
Rollins’ estranged husband, Matt Dyer, said he adopted the service dog and gave him to Rollins for emotional support. “I felt like her having to take care of Huey would be good for her and would be good for Huey,” he said.
After killing the dog, Rollins told animal control officers that it cost her $75 a week to feed the dog, and that it had health issues.
Her suicide is still under investigation.
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