A soldier stationed at Fort Gordon has been charged with the murder of his girlfriend, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation announced Friday.
DeMarcus Little, 22, was originally arrested by the Peach County Sheriff's Office and charged with criminal damage to property on Feb. 18. On Friday, the GBI announced there was “probable cause” to charge the Army sergeant in the death of Anitra Gunn, 23.
“During the investigation, enough information was developed that gave us probable cause to obtain an arrest warrant charging DeMarcus Little with malice murder,” GBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge Todd Crosby said at news conference.
Gunn, a Fort Valley State University student, was found dead Tuesday afternoon in Crawford County, according to the GBI. She had been reported missing by her father the day after Valentine's Day.
The GBI was called in to assist in the processing of a white 2013 Chevrolet Cruze, which belonged to Gunn. According to a Peach County arrest warrant on the damage to property charge, Little threw a brick through the window of Gunn's apartment while she was inside and cut the tires of her vehicle on Feb. 5.
On Tuesday, ground searches were conducted in different areas around Peach and Crawford County. A Peach County investigator found Gunn's body in a wooded area off Greer Road in Crawford County.
On Wednesday, search crews conducted a K9 search and recovered evidence. According to the GBI, parts of Gunn's 2013 Chevrolet Cruze were recovered, but the white bumper has not been located.
An autopsy performed Thursday at the GBI Medical Examiner's Office in Macon determined the manner of death to be homicide. The cause of death is pending toxicology results.
Earlier Friday, Little was granted a $10,000 bond on the criminal damage to property charge, according to news reports. Little, a unit supply specialist, joined the Army in 2016 and has been at Fort Gordon since Dec. 20, according to a release from the base.
A candlelight vigil will be held at 6 p.m. Monday at Fort Valley State in honor of Gunn.
The investigation is still ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact local law enforcement.
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