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2 Marines Charged With Killing Comrades

Posted August 22, 2006 4:37 a.m. EDT

— Two Marines were charged Tuesday in connection with the slayings of two of their comrades last week near Camp Lejeune, police said.

Jondre Andrew Lowemincey, 20, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and is being held without bond in the Onslow County Jail, police said.

Tharon Javon Johnson, 19, is charged with being an accessory after the fact of felony murder, police said. He is being held on a $250,000 bond.

Both men are privates stationed at Camp Lejeune.

The body of Amanda Carrithers, 20, was found early Wednesday in a bedroom of 43 East Drive, and the body of Jordan Barrow, 19, was found in the front yard of a neighboring house, police said. Both had been shot to death, police said.

Carrithers and Barrow were lance corporals assigned to the 2nd Supply Battalion Marine Logistics Group. Lowemincey also was a member of that battalion.

A neighbor called police after hearing gunshots and seeing several people run out the front door of 43 East Drive, police said. Officers found pools of blood on the front porch and in the living room.