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.
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.
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.