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Two charged in Raleigh woman's slaying

Posted February 6, 2009
Updated March 9, 2009

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— Police said Friday they have arrested two people in connection with the death of a woman found in her Raleigh apartment.

Bernard Barber, 20, faces one count of murder in connection with the death of Marla Jean Cook, 46. Jassman Nicole Smith, 20, is charged with accessory after the fact to murder.

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Investigators said they have information that indicates Cook and Barber were acquainted with one another, although they did not say how.
Both suspects were detained Thursday afternoon and were in the Wake County jail Friday without bond. A probable cause hearing is scheduled for Feb. 26.

Officers found Cook's body around 11 a.m. Thursday while responding to a welfare call at 4709-222 Old Plank Road. Investigators believe she died of blunt force trauma to the head.

Cook's boss called 911 Thursday morning, concerned because she had not been to work.

"She's been missing from work, and her friends are looking for her, and no one knows where she is," the caller said. "She had met somebody, I don't know if it was online or whatever, but since she met him, she's been missing."

Police have not released any other information about the investigation, including a possible motive.

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  • bronzegoddess40 Feb 6, 2009

    Wow, really senseless. Ladies be careful of who you meet online for whatever reason.

  • lemonlake1958 Feb 6, 2009

    To include everyone..........it's the intentions of the heart that cause us to harm someone.

  • Wags Feb 6, 2009

    You don't have to agree with me. My opinion, the same as you have your own opinion. I don't have to do what others do. I do have a brain. Do you?

    You know, I never said anything about the "kind of parents". You need to learn how to read and comprehend.

    You are one angry person. It's Friday and the weekend is upon us. Smile and take a chill pill.

  • Dr. Dataclerk Feb 6, 2009

    I've seen kids from the worst, saddest, poorest almost no parent families

    You know, I never said anything about the "kind of parents". You need to learn how to read and comprehend.

  • Just the facts mam Feb 6, 2009

    No suprises here...

  • Dr. Dataclerk Feb 6, 2009

    Not sure I agree 100%,

    You don't have to agree with me. My opinion, the same as you have your own opinion. I don't have to do what others do. I do have a brain. Do you?

  • beachbum1 Feb 6, 2009

    Not sure I agree 100%, I've seen kids from the worst, saddest, poorest almost no parent families come out terrific. It's everyday, really makes ytou wonder.

  • Dr. Dataclerk Feb 6, 2009

    Will these young people ever learn. Of course that goes back to how they were raised. Lord help them. They are on their way to prison.