The story of a former Army soldier who shot and killed her dog on what became a horrific viral video has taken a new and even darker turn. Marinna Rollins was found in her apartment by unidentified friends on Sunday. She was dead. The police have yet to release information concerning the cause of death, but it appears to be a possible suicide.
Rollins and her boyfriend, Jarren Heng, became infamous last month with they were arrested for killing a service dog. The pair had tied the dog that belonged to Rollins to a tree and then shot it several times with a rifle.
After the incident went viral on social media channels, the Army acknowledged that Rollins had been medically discharged. Heng was still on active duty.
Marinna Rollins, 23, from Fayetteville, North Carolina, had been charged with animal cruelty and conspiracy relating to the death of her pitbull, Cam. The dog had been given to Rollins to help her cope with her PTSD.
Rollins and her boyfriend, Jarren Heng, took the dog to a wooded area, shot it five times, and even joked with one another as it died.
Heng is still in the Army. Rollins had recently been medically discharged.
Rollins is the one seen in the video, though Heng also shot the dog. At one point in the video, which we’re not including for obvious reasons, Heng says “Let me hit him once.”
Rollins voice is also on the video. “It’s been real,” she says. “I love you, you’re my puppy, you’re a good puppy, but….”
After shooting Cam, the pair drag the body around briefly before they bury the dog in a shallow grave they’d dug for the purpose.
To make matters worse, the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office found multiple videos and text messages relating to the death of Cam. They arrested both Heng and Rollins and Heng remain in jail awaiting a court appearance.
The dog, who had formerly been named Huey, came from the Cumberland County Animal Shelter. His death sparked an immediate backlash. A Facebook page called Justice for Cam sought attention for the crime.
The Daily Mail reports that one of the posts had a screen capture of Facebook post Rollins had posted that said “Great last day with the pooch! Sad he has to go, but he will be much happier where he is heading off to :)”
We’ll bring more of the story as it develops.