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Lejeune Marine charged with murder in wife's death

Posted September 22, 2009
Updated September 23, 2009

— A Camp Lejeune Marine has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with his wife's death, which police say appears to be the result of a domestic altercation.

Jacksonville police on Monday went to the home of Cpl. Cody Daniel Richardson, at 1000 Talon Drive, Apt. 3, where they found him outside the apartment and his wife, Jessy B. Richardson, 21, dead inside.

Camp Lejeune Cpl. Cody D. Richardson Marine charged in wife's slaying

Police Chief Michael Yaniero said Richardson confessed to a 911 operator that he strangled his wife, but investigators are awaiting autopsy results to determine an exact cause of death.

Yaniero said it appeared that Jessy Richardson had been dead for at least 24 hours when police arrived at the scene.

Police arrested Richardson, 22, of Carroll, N.H., at his apartment and took him to the Onslow County Jail, where he was being held without bond Tuesday morning.

Camp Lejeune officials said Richardson is an anti-tank missile man assigned to the 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division at Camp Lejeune. He entered the Marine Corps in August 2006 and was promoted to corporal on May 1, 2008.

He deployed to Iraq in November 2007 and returned in May 2008. He has been honored for his service with awards that include the Iraqi Campaign Medal, National Defense Service and Global War on Terrorism Service medals.

Richardson is the latest Camp Lejeune Marine charged in a domestic violence case.

Cesar Laurean, a former Marines corporal, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Lance Cpl. Maria Lauterbach, whose charred remains were found in his back yard in January 2008.

Marines Cpl. John Wimunc, 23, is also charged with first-degree murder, as well as other charges in the July 2008 death of his wife, Army 2nd Lt. Holley Wimunc, a nurse at Fort Bragg.

Several other women were also killed the same year. The suspects in those cases are also members of the military.

Fort Bragg Army Spc. Megan Touma was found dead in a Fayetteville motel last summer. The suspect in her death, Sgt. Edgar Patino was the father of her unborn child, Fayetteville police have said.

Someone also fatally stabbed Sgt. Christina Smith, also a Fort Bragg soldier, last September while she was walking near her Fayetteville home with her husband, Sgt. Richard Smith. Police believe he plotted her death. He and another soldier have been charged in the case.

Military officials have said there is no evidence that domestic abuse is any worse in the military than in civilian life.


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  • Jake Wildstar Sep 22, 2009

    There are people in the news media that go out of their way to report anything and everything negative about the military. How many other cases of domestic abuse, or homicide have happened since this story first hit the news? Yet they focus on this one because he was a Marine. Our armed forces are a cross section of society, there are good and bad people just like everywhere else. Yes there was even a time when gang members were joining to learn tactics and how to shoot. It starts at home though, the military isn't allowed to discipline people the way it used to. Now there are to many rules that hinder Drill Instructors, to enforce discipline like they used to, some people need a good kick in the teeth to get straightened out. That doesn't happen anymore.

  • 5Rs Sep 22, 2009

    The vast majority of men in the military are great people. And most of our citizens rate them well above, for instance, reporters who go out of their way to malign the military. I, for one, have tremendous respect for them, and am disappointed in the few instances of domestic abuse. BUT, if you look around the Triangle, I will bet there are more cases.

  • mwilliams2 Sep 22, 2009

    >mwilliams222 - with out those heros we would all be speaking German, or Russian or Chinese or living under Sharia law. Study some history, your comments are very naieve.

    Cricket, so you believe the gentleman in question is a hero if he in fact murdered his wife? I certainly did not say that no one in the military is a hero - I think the majority of them are. I just take exception to the idea (which many have) that as soon as you join the military and get your uniform, you are a hero, regardless of any other actions you might take.

  • affirmativediversity Sep 22, 2009


    Correct again, it will not bring the victim back, nor do I suspect will it alleviate any of her family's pain

    However, it may help a great many people get a better look into this young man's state of mind. I can't help but be intrigued by the report that he called 911, that he apparently made no attempt to hide his crime AND that approximately 24 hours went by...also to strangle someone is not usually an act of premeditation, its very personal.

    Okay, gosh, I know this post sounds unfeeling BUT there is lots to learn about how the mind works.

  • jjb Sep 22, 2009

    The last three paragraphs is what the story was about... Lets bash the military!

  • Professor Sep 22, 2009

    I'll be interest to hear/see this young man's psych eval.

    Thanks. I will be interested too, but it will not bring them back to life. So sad.

  • affirmativediversity Sep 22, 2009


    You are correct...it is another sad day...

    BUT (because I always have a but) I'll be interest to hear/see this young man's psych eval.

    My thoughts are with the victim and her family.

  • beachbum1 Sep 22, 2009

    Calm down I in no way said all, I said "The Military does attract some men". SOME so easy does it, you are like off the wall. EVERYTHING you said I did not. There is good and bad in everything, and as far as doing good and volunteering, many people do, just because they are with a certain GROUP as you like to say does not mean they are any better. BTW I have several family mambers in the service including the Marines.

  • Professor Sep 22, 2009

    Nothing new here. Just pure sadness. Life in prison without having parole.

  • affirmativediversity Sep 22, 2009


    Gosh with that kind of hate on how do you justify it when a Marine does something good, like volunteer for at a food bank, coach a little league team, donate to the Salvation Army or any number of wonderful and thoughtful things done every day by Marines?

    Oh and do you also stereotype other people into "groups" who murder or do you limit that unfortunate personality trait to Marines?