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Soldier Who Survived Tours in Afghanistan Allegedly Abducted and Murdered by Ex-Husband, Prosecutors Say

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Two male Army soldiers at Fort Campbell in Kentucky have been charged in the death of a female soldier who vanished in September after failing to report for duty, PEOPLE confirms.

Sgt. Jamal Williams-McCray and Spc. Charles Robinson are facing charges of premeditated murder, kidnapping and conspiracy in connection with the disappearance of Pfc. Shadow McClaine, a spokeswoman with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office in Tennessee tells PEOPLE.

Robinson and Williams-McCray are currently in pre-trial confinement, pending a preliminary hearing, the spokeswoman says. The preferred charges fall under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Jail records show that the men were arrested on Oct. 6.

The suspects have not entered pleas, but have retained counsel, Master Sgt. Kevin Doheny, a Fort Campbell spokesman, tells PEOPLE.

Doheny says Williams-McCray is McClaine’s ex-husband. And McClaine’s mother, London Wegrzyn, told the Leaf-Chronicle that the pair had once been married and said they’d been divorced for about a year and a half before her disappearance.

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Jamal Williams-McCray
Montgomery County Sheriff

McClaine, 25, was last heard from on Sept. 2 when she texted her mother to say she was driving, Chronicle reports. She did not report for duty on Sept. 6 and her car was later found abandoned in a Nashville parking lot.

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Charles Robinson
Montgomery County Sheriff

The suspects and McClaine are assigned to the 101st Airborne Division.

 

According to KCRA, McClaine’s mother said she joined the Army in 2011 and served stints in Afghanistan and South Korea. She planned to leave the military on Oct. 11 and wanted to return to her native California and go to school for photography, her mother told the outlet.