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Woman fatally shot outside textile plant; suspect caught

Posted April 29, 2008
Updated April 30, 2008

— A man accused of fatally shooting his ex-girlfriend outside a textile plant in Hoke County Tuesday afternoon was captured hours later 20 miles away.

Cherquita McDonald, 28, was shot multiple times in the head at about 4 p.m. in the parking lot of Burlington Industries at 1001 Turnpike Road, Raeford Police Chief Mike Dummett said.

McDonald, who worked at the plant, was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center in Fayetteville, where she died.

Sheriff's deputies said the man who allegedly shot her, Jonathan Dion Melvin, 30, ditched his car behind the Short Stop gas station on Turnpike Road and Highway 211, then ran through some woods.

Raeford police got a tip that Melvin was at an undisclosed location in Fayetteville, about 20 miles east. They called Fayetteville police, who arrested Melvin just before 7 p.m.

Police said Melvin and McDonald had been together for more than a decade. They had three children together, ages 2, 3 and 7. McDonald had broken up with Melvin about a month ago, according to family members.

The victim's family also told WRAL that a couple of weeks ago, Melvin crashed his car into a car that McDonald was driving. The family said Melvin had physically abused McDonald in the past and that she had considered taking out a restraining order against him, but had never done it.

"Even though they go through their problems, they always get back together," the victim's brother, Kendrick McDonald, said.

McDonald worked as many as three jobs at a time and was studying criminal justice at Sandhills Community College in Pinehurst.

"She worked hard. She tried to provide for her kids. She didn't deserve this at all," Kendrick McDonald said.

Melvin was being held without bond Wednesday at the Hoke County Jail.


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  • SpunkyGrits The One and Only Apr 30, 2008

    Bless the family and the kids.

  • VT1994Hokie Apr 30, 2008

    Another sad one indeed. This lady worked there jobs, and went to school. That tells us that she was motivated to do something great for herself and three children.

    Shooting her multiple times!! He was in a total rage. I doubt that a restraining order would done any good, after reading this one. God bless her family and children. He needs someone to help him too. Maybe he will.

  • jchelpus Apr 30, 2008

    the devil is always amongst us. . too bad this father of three couldn't speak to a higher power before he went out and did just what evil wanted. I feel sorry for the children and both families.

  • SimpleGurlNC Apr 30, 2008

    Very sad for the children b/c their father was to proud to walk away from a bad situation instead he thought it was best to kill. My prayers go out the family of the mother and sad to say father too since they have no control over his reactions. Question brother and other family member witness the beating and wonder if they tried to help. I mean he was very bold to go to her work of place and gun her down as if he didn't even know her. Again my prayers go out to the kids and family. Be Bless in this STRESS world we living in now.

  • Tired of thoughtlessness Apr 30, 2008

    Are you saying its her fault?

    You can get a TRO if the person has been harassing or threatening you.

  • UpwardlyMobile Apr 30, 2008

    so awful.

  • SOCLOSE Apr 30, 2008

    I've had the unfortunate priviledge of being in an abusive relationship before. It isn't easy to get out of that situation. It takes alot of support. And as far as the restraining orders...that is just a piece of paper. It will NOT PHYSICALLY keep an abuser from harassing you. I was sleeping on my couch one time and woke up in the middle of the night to see my ex hovering over me. If an abuser really wants to get at you they will, regardless of that piece of paper.

  • Dolphan Apr 30, 2008

    In an instant 3 children are without parents. (Dad will be in prison for life) That's the real tragedy here.

  • JuanGrande v3.0 Apr 30, 2008

    That is one big dude.

  • murph Apr 30, 2008

    A restraining order would have done nothing to save this woman. He had it in his mind to kill her and no piece of paper could save her. The only thing that could have saved her is if she learned how to shoot a gun and protected herself. The police could not have helped either unless they would have given her 24/7 protection and we all know that can't/won't happen. we need to teach these women to protect themselves in this type of situation. That is the ONLY chance they have...