Lejeune Marine accused of killing wife in Alabama agrees to extradition

Suspect's alleged girlfriend also charged with murder

POSTED: 7:14 PM Apr 09 2013   UPDATED: 7:03 PM Apr 08 2013
Cheatham in court
JACKSONVILLE, ONSLOW COUNTY -

A Camp Lejeune Marine, accused of shooting and killing his wife in Alabama, had his extradition hearing Monday afternoon.

At the Onslow County Courthouse in Jacksonville, 23-year-old Marquis Cheatam agreed to go back to Montgomery, Ala. as soon as the Onslow County Sheriff's Office contacts Montgomery Police.

Cheatham, along with his alleged girlfriend, 21-year-old Dominique Atkinson, of Pender County, are both charged with capital murder. At Monday's extradition hearing, the judge ordered Atkinson to remain in North Carolina. Her next court date is scheduled for May 7.

Cheatam and Atkinson are accused of murdering Cheatam's 20-year-old wife, Ashley. She was found shot to death in Montgomery, Ala. on April 1.

Cheatam was arrested at Camp Lejeune, investigators said. He was on a three-day pass to leave the base when his wife was killed in Alabama, according to police.