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Roommate Charged With Cumberland Double Murder

Posted February 9, 2005 4:23 a.m. EST

— A suspect wanted in connection with a double homicide in Cumberland County was apprehended in Brooklyn, New York.

U.S. Marshal's Regional Fugitive Task Force, as well as members of the New York Police Department, arrested 19-year-old James Stitt Wednesday morning.

On Tuesday, Cumberland County investigators found the bodies of Fort Bragg soldier George Katsigiannis, 21, and his friend who lived with him, 16-year-old Jenna Bologna, who was from West Palm Beach, in a home on Daharan Drive, which is near Fort Bragg.

The two were last seen on Thursday night and their bodies were discovered Tuesday by friends looking for Katsigiannis who didn't show up for work.

"They said they saw a body on the floor," said Debbie Tanna, spokesperson for the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office. "They broke into the back door of the house thinking their friend had passed out and needed medical attention."

Stitt was located through evidence collected from the murder scene by Cumberland County Sheriff's Detectives. Stitt had recently moved to Fayetteville where he shared a residence with the two victims. They say a number of clues led them to Stitt, including he drove off in Katsigiannis' car.

Sheriff's deputies said both were shot to death. The sheriff's office says there was no sign of a break-in at the house.

"No one seemed to have heard or seen anything suspicious," Tanna said.

Homicide detectives are continuing to gather information to determine a motive for the shootings. Stitt faces charges of two counts of first-degree murder.