Update: November 18 – A Fort Bragg soldier accused of murder is returning to Georgia to face murder charges after being taken into custody in North Carolina last month.
Staff Sgt. Alonzo Dargan has been sent back to LaGrange after a Governor’s Warrant was executed by the Troup County Sheriff’s Office, according to WTVM.
He is now being held in the Troup County Jail under two counts of murder and one count of possession of a firearm during the commission of certain felonies.
The Fayetteville Observer, N.C.
October 9 – A married Fort Bragg soldier was arrested Thursday and charged in the Tuesday shooting death in Georgia of a mother of five pregnant with his child.
Staff Sgt. Alonzo Dargan, 30, is charged in Troup County, Georgia, with feticide, murder, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime in the Tuesday killing of Akeila Ware, 29, Troup County Sheriff James Woodruff said during a Friday morning news conference in Georgia.
“Three days ago we got a call from what we thought was a simple automobile accident. It turned out to be a murder,” Woodruff said.
According to Fort Bragg Col. Joseph Buccino, Dargan joined the Army in 2009 and is assigned to the 2nd Security Force Assistance Brigade at Fort Bragg.
Troup County Sheriff’s Cpt. Kelli Ellington said that Dargan was in a long-distance relationship with Ware; that he is not the father of her other children, but was the father of her unborn child. She said that Dargan is married and she believes he has children of his own.
Dargan allegedly shot Ware multiple times from his silver Nissan Altima while she was driving before running her car off the road, Ellington said.
Ellington said that Dargan grew up in Troup County and he had gone to school with Ware.
“I went to the scene and could not believe that somebody had shot and killed a young mother of five children, and on top that, killed her and she had a baby inside of her that resulted in the death of that baby,” Woodruff said. “I personally, along with my chief deputy and one of my chaplains, went to the home of her father and had to deliver this news that, ‘Your daughter is dead.’ That’s very terrible news to get from anybody, especially when its one of your children and grandchild, even if it’s unborn.”
The Troup County Sheriff’s Office determined that Dargan owned a car matching the description of the one that ran Ware off the road and also determined that he was in Troup County at the time of Ware’s killing, Ellington said.
Investigators contacted the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office and the Criminal Investigation Division at Fort Bragg, who located Dargan’s car and arrested him in Cumberland County around 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Ellington said.
According to jail records, he is currently being held in the Cumberland County jail and is awaiting extradition to Georgia.
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