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Evidence to be preserved in case of slain Army nurse

Posted August 5, 2008 4:01 a.m. EDT
Updated August 5, 2008 12:03 p.m. EDT

— Prosecutors and the attorney for a Camp Lejeune Marine corporal charged with killing his Army nurse wife agreed in a brief court hearing Tuesday morning to preserve some evidence in the case.

Neither side would disclose what evidence was involved in the hearing.

Marine Cpl. John Wimunc is charged with first-degree murder, first-degree arson and felony conspiracy in the death of Army 2nd Lt. Holley Wimunc. Her body was found in a wooded area near Camp Lejeune on July 13, three days after a suspicious fire at her Fayetteville apartment.

Holley Wimunc, 24, was a maternity ward nurse at Fort Bragg's Womack Army Medical Center. Her estranged husband served as a combat engineer at Camp Lejeune.

D.W. Bray, John Wimunc's attorney, said the agreement to preserve evidence is standard procedure to protect the integrity of the case throughout the trial and any appeals.

John Wimunc's colleague, Lance Cpl. Kyle Alden, who's accused of helping with the crime, also had a scheduled court hearing Tuesday.