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UPDATE: Singletary found guilty of second-degree murder by Columbus County jury

Published: Apr. 27, 2022 at 4:39 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 28, 2022 at 12:31 PM EDT
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COLUMBUS COUNTY, N.C. (WECT) - A jury deliberated for less than two hours before returning a guilty verdict in William Jocoby Singletary’s murder trial Thursday.

Singletary was found guilty of second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of 19-year-old Monalisa McMillian during a domestic dispute in 2020.

He was sentenced to 375 to 450 months in prison.

Officers were responding to a report of a domestic dispute in the 10000 block of James B. White Hwy South in the Williams Township community in April of 2020 when they found McMillian’s body near the roadway.

Investigators said that McMillian was a passenger in a vehicle driven by Singletary. A domestic dispute broke out between the two, and officials say Singletary shot and killed McMillian.

“Witnesses at Williams County Kitchen, off of 701, observed McMillian jump from the vehicle as it was traveling approximately 55mph. One witness ran into the street to provide aid to McMillian. McMillian leapt from the roadway, ran to a neighboring yard, and collapsed. A bystander called 911,” a news release from the District Attorney’s Office states. “First responders arrived within minutes to find William Singletary kneeling over McMillian’s lifeless body. McMillian never regained consciousness and was pronounced dead upon arrival at Columbus Regional Hospital. Detectives with the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office arrived on scene at 701 to begin an investigation.

“Detective Paul Rockenbach, lead homicide detective with the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office, interviewed Singletary on scene. Singletary stated that he and McMillian were in a dating relationship, and the two had been arguing about Singletary texting other women. Singletary stated that McMillian jumped from the car during the argument.

“While on scene, Detective Rockenbach was informed by another detective at the hospital that McMillian had sustained a gunshot wound to the left side of her back. Singletary was then arrested. A search of the vehicle yielded a .22 caliber pistol, from under Singletary’s seat, and a spent .22 caliber shell casing shell casing. Ballistics testing was performed on the .22, the shell casing, and a .22 projectile, that was recovered from the body of McMillian. Testing revealed that the projectile found in McMillian was fired from the .22 found under the seat of the Defendant.”

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