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Still no arrest made in death of man who was killed by his then-girlfriend, family seek answers



A family is still mourning the loss of their son, 25-year-old Marquil Cooper, who was shot and killed on January 5, 2017, at his Myrtle Wood Court home in Jacksonville.

The investigation into the death of Marquil Cooper has not been a priority for the Jacksonville Police Department. The person responsible for killing Cooper, his then-girlfriend DeAnginique Smith, and her young children were the only people occupying the home at the time. Smith and Cooper were upstairs when the incident happened while Smith’s children were downstairs.

DeAnginique Smith

The autopsy report confirmed that the death of Cooper was a homicide.

Shannon Cooper, Marquil Cooper’s mother, his father, Eugene Spicer, and their family waited six months hoping that forensics would reveal the identity of their son’s murder. Shannon Cooper met with Assistant District Attorney Jamie Askins in July only be told that no one would be charged for Cooper’s death at that time.

Nearly a year later, Marquil Cooper is still without justice.

Cooper was killed with a (9mm) handgun, which was found in his left hand. Askins told his mother that there was an unknown fingerprint on the weapon. Those fingerprints have yet to be tested, nearly a year later.

DeAnginique Smith, who had previously been charged with assault with a deadly weapon for stabbing a man, told police that she and Marquil were involved in an altercation where they tussled over the gun and she had to hit him with a computer keyboard to protect herself.

DeAnginique Smith

When the items Smith claimed she used were tested, no DNA was found. Pictures taken at the crime scene indicated that Smith didn’t use a keyboard to protect herself from Cooper.

Smith had no defensive wounds, or any other marks on her body, that would be indicative of a physical altercation. She was not tested for gunshot residue either.

News In Onslow reached out to several of Smith’s friends who described her as a violent woman. They also brought up the aforementioned charges against her in the stabbing of Darnell Shepard.

Marquil Cooper’s family is asking for answers as to why no one has been charged in the death of their loved one.

Shannon and Eugene said that their son was a very kind and loving man, but when he made plans to leave a volatile relationship riddled with domestic violence, he was shot and killed.

Officials say DeAnginique Smith’s children stated that she kicked the gun under the bed but when police arrived on the scene, the gun was in Marquil’s non-dominant hand.

Smith’s children also stated she warned them that if they told anyone what happened, that she would get in trouble and would be taken away from them. Sources close to this investigation tell News In Onslow, that Smith’s story changed everytime they spoke to her.

After Smith killed Marquil, she went to get help but waited until after she changed. She hid the clothes that she had on during the incident and her children told police that she went straight into the closet to change after Marquil was killed.

The woman who murdered this man who only wanted out of their violent relationship is DeAnginique Smith. The autopsy confirmed that the cause of death was homicide. The crime scene was staged, by her, to look as if he was either killed by someone else or he committed suicide. There were no indications at the scene or on her body that an altercation occurred. Her children said she did it. The clothes she changed says she did it. The staged scene says she did it. The fact that police do not believe any of the many versions of her story says she did it. All of this evidence, which quite clearly points to her guilt, yet she is not in jail.

DeAnginique Smith knows what happened to Marquil Cooper. Police said they know for an absolute fact that she is lying about majority of her story but she is not being charged because her story coincides with Cooper’s wound.




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President Trump rumored to visit New Bern, NC Wednesday



The 45th President of The United States of America Donald Trump is scheduled to make an appearance in Eastern Carolina Wednesday.

According to the New York Post, President Trump will be surveying the destructive damage left by Hurricane Florence.

The exact locations Trump will visit were not immediately available but White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed Trump’s North Carolina visit.

President Trump issued a disaster declaration Sunday for several counties in North Carolina.

The order issued is for residents in the affected area to apply for federal funding.

Locals in New Bern tells News In Onslow that Trump is expected to be in Downtown New Bern and that his car landed in Cherry Point, North Carolina Monday evening.



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One dead in Bear Creek Road wreck



One person is dead tonight in a Bear Creek Road wreck.

The name of the person killed has not been released. Officials say alcohol use, speed and water on the road was all factors.

The driver died at the scene.

This story is DEVELOPING and we will release more information as it becomes available.

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Public’s Safety suffering at the hands of Onslow County Government, lifts mandatory evacuation



Onslow County, North Carolina Government is causing a lot of confusion on the public’s safety to return home after many fled the area from Hurricane Florence wrath. 

Top officials in North Carolina including Governor Roy Cooper have told those who fled the state to stay where they are because it is not safe to return, but Onslow County Manager David Cotton said otherwise.

David Cotton said in an EOC(Emergency Operations Center) update Monday morning that evacuees from Onslow County will be able to return Tuesday, September 12, at 8:00 A.M.

Robin Knapp, an Onslow County Commissioner does not agree with Cotton’s decision and is urging evacuees to not return to Onslow County because it is not safe.

“We are not completely done with flooding and if it continues to rain, we will see an INCREASE in flooding. So, PLEASE DO NOT MAKE AN ATTEMPT,” he said in a Facebook post. (He deleted the below post).

Robin Knapp deeming it is not safe to return to Jacksonville before he deleted the post.

While the roads in and around Onslow County are still flooded and dangerous, many will lose resources and reimbursement due to the decision to lift the mandatory evacuation.

Routes back into Onslow County has not yet been decided.

Some in the area are worried that they will lose their eligibility for disaster relief funding through certain avenues, and employers will demand employees to show for work, and Fema has already begun denying applicants in Onslow County to receive help.

If you plan on traveling back soon; be mindful that rivers around Eastern North Carolina will crest which may result in the available passable routes today to become impassable in the next few days. You are also asked to bring back supplies that will last for 7 days.

Onslow County remains under a flash flood warning until 12:30 P.M. Tuesday.

Us here at News In Onslow responded to the confusion below:


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