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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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One arrested for Jacksonville’s St. Patrick’s Day murder



The family of a man who was killed over the weekend in Jacksonville will never be able to see their loved-one again, but tonight the accused killer is behind bars.

John V. Deavers

Police say, John V. Deavers, 28, of Estate Drive in Jacksonville is accused of assaulting and stealing money from 28-year-old William Young.

Captain Ashley Weaver with Jacksonville Police Department said that Young was assaulted around 6:45 pm.m Saturday near Ronnie’s Classic Auto Sales on Gum Branch Road. The two men knew each other, according to officials.

Young returned to his apartment later Saturday where he died as a result of his injury, according to Weaver.

He was found dead in his Indian Drive apartment Sunday Morning.

Officials say they charged Deavers Thursday night with an open count of murder and common law robbery.

He is in the Onslow County Jail without bond.

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact JPD Detective Jason Lagana at 910-938-6414 or or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards of up to $2,500 for information leading to apprehension or arrest. Callers to Crime Stoppers are not required to reveal their identities. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637. Refer to Case 18-02617 when calling or texting about this case.

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Baby wipes is the reason for Jacksonville sewage spill



Officials in Jacksonville have confirmed that baby wipes being flushed down commodes is the reason that thousands of gallons of untreated sewage spilled into a Jacksonville creek.

Officials say the spill happened Monday around 10 p.m. near Indian Drive and Brookdale Plaza and nearly 4,000 gallons of sewage spilled into a tributary of Mill Creek.

Undissolved baby wipes and other similar products were pulled from the sewer lines and is the reason the line was blocked, which caused the sewage to back up and spill out of a manhole.


Jacksonville say the items below should not be flushed:

• Any non-organic material
• Baby wipes, disinfectant wipes, and moist wipes
• Cans, bottles, bricks, glass, and wood
• Clothing, wash cloths, towels, and rags (any cloth item)
• Dental floss, toothpaste, and vitamins
• Diapers and adult protective underwear (cloth, disposable, or “flushable”)
• Egg shells, nutshells, and coffee grounds
• Facial tissues, napkins, and paper towels
• Fats, oils, and greases
• Food items containing seeds and peelings
• Medicines or syringes
• Plastic of any kind
• Sanitary napkins, tampons, tampon applicators, and condoms
• Toilet bowl scrub pads


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Explosion in Austin, $100,000 reward for suspect(s)



Two men have suffered serious injuries Sunday night after an explosion was reported in Southwestern Austin, Texas, according to emergency workers.

Officials have not confirmed whether the explosion was a result of a packaged bomb but three heard blast over the past month in Austin have killed two people and critically wounded at least two women.

Tonight’s explosion occurred on Dawn Song Drive, according to Austin-Travis County EMS Twitter account. “At this incident and are prepping those patients for transport.”

Two men who are believed to be in their 20’s were injured, according to investigators adding that the injuries were not expected to be life-threatening.

Austin police said the reward for information leading to an arrest in the deadly explosions has risen by $50,000 to a new total of $100,000. More than 500 officers, including federal agents, have conducted 236 interviews following up 435 leads.


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