Fort Stewart soldier charged in killing of 2 fellow Army members

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U.S. Army Sgt. Shaquille Craig is escorted at the Liberty County Jail, Friday, March 10, 2017, in Hinesville, Ga. (LEWIS LEVINE/AP)
U.S. Army Sgt. Shaquille Craig is escorted at the Liberty County Jail, Friday, March 10, 2017, in Hinesville, Ga. (LEWIS LEVINE/AP)

Fort Stewart soldier charged in killing of 2 fellow Army members

by: Raisa Habersham, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution | .
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published: March 11, 2017

A fellow soldier has been arrested in connection with the shooting deaths of two Fort Stewart soldiers, according to officials.

Sgt. Shaquille D. Craig, 24, of Selma, Ala., was arrested Thursday by the Hinesville Police Department, Fort Stewart spokesman Kevin Larson said. He faces two murder charges.

Spc. Marquez Brown, 23, of Macon, and Pvt. Malika Jackson, 21, of Foley, Ala., were found dead in an off-post apartment Sunday in Hinesville.

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.

Police found Brown and Jackson in a pool of their own blood, according to a police report.

One soldier had a large knife in his throat with his head resting next to the other victim, according to the report. Both had also been shot.

Tips to metro Atlanta police departments led Hinesville police to the bodies.

Police said there was a party inside the apartment Saturday.

“Both men were seen alive by friends the following morning,” Hinesville police Capt. J.C. Reid said.

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

Jackson, an automated logistics specialist, joined the Army in May 2016 and arrived at Fort Stewart in October.

Both were assigned to the 2nd Infantry Brigade combat team of the 3rd Infantry Division.

Craig remains in the Liberty County jail without bond.

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