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Death penalty sought in Army nurse's slaying

Posted September 2, 2009

— A Camp Lejeune Marine could face the death penalty if convicted of killing his wife last year.

Prosecutors said Wednesday they plan to try the slaying of Army 2nd Lt. Holley Wimunc as a capital case.

The charred remains of Wimunc, 24, a nurse at Womack Army Medical Center at Fort Bragg, were found July 13, 2008, in a shallow grave in a wooded area near Camp Lejeune. Her apartment in Fayetteville was found ablaze three days earlier, and she was nowhere to be found.

An autopsy determined that she had been shot and dismembered before her remains were burned and wrapped in an air mattress.

Marine Cpl. John Wimunc, 23, is charged with first-degree murder, second-degree arson and conspiracy to commit arson in his wife's death.

Marine Lance Cpl. Kyle Alden, 22, is charged with being an accessory after the fact of a felony, second-degree arson and conspiracy to commit arson in the case.


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  • Lead by Example Sep 3, 2009

    Glad to see the death penalty being pursued, it is the just punihsment for this type of crime.

  • justafella Sep 2, 2009

    Me thinks he is being tried in a civilian court, Military has no jurisdiction, Crime happened off base.

  • kiediss Sep 2, 2009

    It's about time a prosecutor pursues the death penalty in one fo the many NC murdered wife cases. Although, I must agree... knowing this state, he'll never get executed.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Sep 2, 2009

    If he's being tried in a military court, then I'm all for going after the Death Penalty. If he's being tried in a North Carolina court, then don't waste your time going after a Death Penalty verdict, when North Carolina doesn't have a Death Penalty currently.