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Two men arrested and charged with murder of Marine Corps veteran

Person under arrest in handcuffs. (Pixabay/Released)
June 28, 2020

Two Jacksonville men have been arrested and charged with murder stemming from an investigation from the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office.

Thomas Malik Shyeed McCaskill, 20, and Khalil Turquan Savage, 24, both of Briar Creek Park Lane in Jacksonville, were arrested on Friday and charged with one open count of murder and felony assault from an incident that left one man dead and another injured on June 10, according to a news release from the OCSO.

McCaskill and Savage were taken to the Onslow County Jail under no bond as their first court date was scheduled for Monday in Onslow County District Court. Additional charges and arrests are possible as the investigation continues, according to the release.

On Wednesday, June 10 at approximately 10:18 p.m. deputies responded to Hines Farm Road in Jacksonville after receiving reports of a shooting. When deputies arrived, they found one man, later identified as Michael Augustus, who was shot, however his injuries were not fatal. Deputies were eventually led to a vacant house where they found another man, Jason Pena. Pena was transported to Onslow Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to the OCSO.

Col. Chris Thomas was unable to say if Pena and Augustus knew each other as well as if they knew McCaskill and Savage due to the ongoing investigation. He added there is a motive that has been confirmed and will be released once the investigation allows them to do so.

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Thomas also could not say as to how Pena was found in a vacant house on the night he was killed.

Pena’s wife, Kimberly described her husband as an extrovert who loved to be the center of attention. Pena recently got out of the Marine Corps in April as she added he was a jokester who loved to make everyone laugh.

“There really wasn’t much that Jason didn’t like, he loved life and it always showed. I’m grateful that the detectives have put in the work to find them and give my husband justice,” said Pena.

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