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Robeson man wanted in wife's death commits suicide

Posted July 30, 2013

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— A man sought by Robeson County authorities in his estranged wife's death killed himself in Harnett County Tuesday morning, authorities said.

Jennifer Espey-Ellinger, 42, was found dead in a friend's home in Lumberton Monday night. Sheriff Kenneth Sealey said that James Ellinger went to the home and shot her during a confrontation.

An unidentified man in the home was stabbed during the confrontation. He was taken to Southeastern Regional Medical Center for treatment, but his condition was unknown Tuesday.

The Harnett County Sheriff's Office received a tip Tuesday morning that a man wanted for murder had a shotgun and had barricaded himself in a house at 259 Royal St. in Fuquay-Varina. Deputies surrounded the house and tried to talk him out, but he committed suicide shortly after 11:30 a.m., authorities said.

Sealey confirmed that the dead man was James Ellinger, 48, of St. Pauls.

Jennifer Ellinger worked in the records division of the Robeson County Sheriff's Office and is survived by three children from a previous marriage, Sealey said.


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  • Glass Half Full Jul 30, 2013

    My heart goes out to her family. The Robesonian is reporting that she recently filed for a restraining order against this man and it was denied; not that it would have done any good. Again, my deepest condolences to her family and thank goodness they have a strong chuch family to lean on now.

  • dollibug Jul 30, 2013

    Perhaps he was GUILTY*

  • Obamacare rules Jul 30, 2013

    Thank you sir, on behalf of all tax payers.