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Man pleads guilty to killing romantic rival

Posted May 6, 2010

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— A Hope Mills man pleaded guilty Thursday to the murder of a romantic rival in August 2007.

Prosecutors said Jamez Jeremiah Mellion, 27, walked in on Army Capt. Paul Burton Miner, 38, in bed with his estranged wife at their home at 3909 Goforth Drive. Mellion shot Miner 10 times in the head, stomach and pelvis.

He faces up to 15 years and 9 months in prison on the second-degree murder charge.


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  • gbrbiglee May 6, 2010

    He shouda tipped his hat and thanked the guy! Moved on with his life. But noooooooooooooooo! He killed the guy. Life 1 lost. He goes to prison for the rest of his life. Kife 2 lost. She gets to keep screwing whoever she wants. Yea sure thought that one through.

  • Army Brat I Am May 6, 2010

    reading the fay observer, he had 2 guns, and shot the guy, then cont to shot him saying "You still alive?" Then after Miner cont to moan Mellion shot him again and said "You won't moan no more" I'm sorry, but murder is murder. He and his wife were ESTRANGED....so why was he (the husband) showing up at the house at 5:30 in the morning?? Just passing by, with some guns in his pocket?? Got nothing better to do at 5 in the morning besides shot and kill someone? I say two sides to this story and we're only getting one of them...R.I.P. either way.

  • OzzzMan May 6, 2010

    and what did he do wrong?

  • Lost and Loaded May 6, 2010

    Probably only reloaded once, needed to reload at least once more and take care of the other adulterer. "Estranged" in front of wife does not give her free rein to fool around. "Estranged" does not always mean husband and wife live apart - it could mean just an absence of affection for each other. Both could have been living in the same house. In which case the Army Capt can be viewed as both a trespasser and one causing alienation of affection (which is a civil offense in NC). Neither offense is punishable by death but temp insanity can void a 1st degree murder charge. Had he just used a baseball bat or axe instead of reloading - he maybe could have got off on a manslaughter rap.

  • wcumom May 6, 2010

    estranged wife ,KEYWORD. So he should also be charged with Trespassing if they were broken up.Apparently the home was in both names BUT he was not currently living at the residence,yet he walks in with a gun and blast a man to kingdom come.Tell me it wasn't premeditation again with what info. we currently have.

  • La_Grange_Dude May 6, 2010

    I think he shot the wrong one in the bed??

  • fishon May 6, 2010

    This was his estranged wife. Unlikely this would be justifiable even in Texas. And shooting him 10 times???

  • childofNC May 6, 2010

    I believe 1st degree has to include premeditation. He didn't plan to do it. It was a crime of passion . . . in more ways than one and therefore didn't qualify as 1st degree.

  • atac001 May 6, 2010

    I would have shot him too.

  • Ol Forrester May 6, 2010

    They let him plea bargain ???? Just how incompetent are those prosecutors ???