A Fort Bragg, North Carolina, soldier charged in the death of a South Carolina woman has been found dead.
Dorchester County coroner Paul Brouthers said 19-year-old Chandler Ari Dunmeyer shot himself in his mother’s home in the Summerville area on Sunday. Brouthers says his mother heard the shot and found Dunmeyer dead.
Dunmeyer had been free on $50,000 bond from the Horry County Sheriff’s Office. He had been charged with murder in the death of 20-year-old Collee Muirhead of Myrtle Beach.
Police say officers were called to a Myrtle Beach motel in January and found Muirhead’s body. Horry County Assistant Solicitor Seth Oskin told Stars and Stripes that Dunmeyer and Muirhead were involved in prostitution and that Dunmeyer shot her in the head following a disagreement.
Myrtle Beach Police charged Dunmeyer with murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime, according to Stripes. Dunmeyer later confessed to killing Muirhead.
Dunmeyer was serving in the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg at the time of Muirhead’s killing, but was administratively separated from the Army on June 22.
According to Stripes, Dunmeyer was initially granted bond on the condition that he be released into military custody. However, this was altered later to allow him to live with his relatives in Dorchester County.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.
Noah Nash is a rising senior at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. At school, he is the editor in chief of the Collegian Magazine and the digital director of the Collegian, Kenyon's newspaper.