Army charges two 3rd ID soldiers for March 2017 murders

Updated: Aug. 17, 2017 at 1:37 PM EDT
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SPC Phillip Thompson (Source: Liberty County Sheriff's Office)
SPC Phillip Thompson (Source: Liberty County Sheriff's Office)

LIBERTY CO., GA (WTOC) - The Army has charged two 3rd Infantry Division soldiers with murder.

Sgt. Shaquille Craig, 24, of Salem, AL, and Spc. Phillip E. Thompson, Jr., 24, of Warner Robins, GA, are accused of murdering two soldiers in an apartment in Hinesville on March 8, 2017.

Pvt. Malika D. Jackson, 21, of Foley, AL, and Spc. Marquez S. Brown 23, of Macon, GA, were found dead shortly before 9 p.m. on a Sunday at a two-story townhouse apartment in the 100 block of Rebecca Street.

According to reports, officers from the Hinesville Police Department went to the home after receiving an anonymous tip that there were two men dead inside.

Police say they died from gunshot wounds and one was also stabbed. They believe the motive stemmed from something personal between Jackson and the suspect. You may remember, we talked to Jackon's father, who says he believes the suspect was jealous because his son worked with the suspect's wife.

"When I saw my son's body, you could see the rage. My son was shot twice at point blank range and he was knifed twice in his throat. This is rage. He didn't want anyone to talk to his wife. He didn't want anyone to be in the car with his wife. My son was not the guy he thought he was," said Jackson's father, Will Johnson.

if you remember, these two suspects were already facing charges with Hinesville Police.

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