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Arrest made in soldiers' deaths
Fort Stewart sergeant charged with double homicide
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Deputies escort Shaquille Craig to his first appearance hearing at the Liberty County Jail Friday morning. - photo by LEWIS LEVINE/Coastal Courier

A Fort Stewart sergeant has been arrested and charged with the deaths of the two soldiers found Sunday in a Hinesville townhome.

Sgt. Shaquille D. Craig is charged with two counts of murder for the deaths of Specialist Marquez Brown, 23, of Macon, and Private Malika Darion Jackson, 21, of Foley, Alabama, who were found around
8:30 p.m. Sunday after police recieved an anonymous tip.

According to Hinesville Police Department Chief of Detectives Capt. Chris Reid, the arrest was made with the help of Fort Stewart's Criminal Investigation Division.

"Leads developed by the Ft. Stewart CID office and HPD enabled investigators to quickly identify and arrest the suspect," Reid said. "The motive of the crime seems to have been personal between Craig and Jackson, with Brown being in the wrong place at the wrong time."

According to a release issued by Fort Stewart, Jackson was an automated logistics specialist. He joined the Army in May 2016 and arrived at Fort Stewart in October 2016.

Brown, a wheeled-vehicle driver, joined the Army in October 2014 and arrived at Fort Stewart in April 2016.

Both soldiers were assigned to the 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team of the 3rd Infantry Division.

Craig is a petroleum supply specialist assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division Sustainment Brigade of the 3rd Infantry Division. He joined the Army in June 2012 and arrived at Fort Stewart in January 2014.

Craig was escorted to the Hinesville Police Station by CID agents Thursday and was taken into custody without incident.


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