MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA/WECT) - Montgomery Police say an active duty Marine home on a three-day pass to see his family has been arrested and charged with the shooting death of his wife. His girlfriend has also been charged.
Authorities say MPD detectives charged 23-year-old Marquis Cheatham with one count of capital murder in connection with the shooting death of his wife, 20-year-old Ashley Cheatham.
MPD detectives also charged the woman they say is Cheatham's girlfriend, Dominique Atkinson, 21,
of North Carolina with one count of capital murder.
Marquis Cheatham was taken into custody on Wednesday by the U.S. Marine Corps at Camp Lejeune, N.C. where he was serving as an active duty Marine, while Atkinson is being held by authorities in North Carolina while awaiting extradition back to Alabama.
"The Naval Criminal Investigative Service has provided great assistance throughout this investigation," said Montgomery Chief of Police Kevin Murphy. "I extend our appreciation for their efforts and support in this matter."
Cheatham is currently in the custody of the U.S. Marine Corps awaiting extradition to Montgomery where he will be held without bond at the Montgomery County Detention Facility.
Police and fire medics were called to a home in the 3700 block of Lower Wetumpka Road around 7 a.m. Monday April 1 on the call of subject down. When they arrived they located a female victim on the steps of the home. She had sustained a fatal gunshot wound and was pronounced dead at the scene. It took two additional days to identify the victim as 20-year-old Ashely Cheatham.
Police believe Cheatham's death stemmed from on ongoing argument between the couple. Marquis Cheatham was home on a three-day pass when the shooting occurred.
Ashley Cheatham's death is considered Montgomery's 18th homicide of 2013.
A photo of the defendant is unavailable at this time due to his pending extradition.
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