An Army veteran charged with animal cruelty after she allegedly shot her service dog to death while filming a video was found dead this weekend in a possible suicide.
Marinna Rollins, 23, was reportedly found dead in her apartment in Fayetteville, North Carolina, at about 3 a.m. on Sunday. According to the Fayetteville Observer, her death is being investigated as a suicide. The cause of death is not yet known.
As Crime Online previously reported, Rollins and her boyfriend Jarren Heng were arrested last month after a video surfaced showing a woman believed to be Rollins shooting her own therapy dog to death.
Rollins had been caring for her estranged husband’s pitbull while he was deployed overseas, and during that time had the dog registered as an emotional service animal, providing support as she reportedly suffered from PTSD.
The video, which police found on Facebook, shows the woman shooting the dog, who is tied to a tree, multiple times and then laughing with the man believed to be Heng as the dog spasms.
Her estranged husband Matt Dyer previously said that the dog had never been aggressive to Marinna.
According to the Fayetteville Observer, Rollins has been medically retired from the army in January due to her PTSD and other mental health issues. A man who claims to know her posted a Facebook message after her death, containing photos believed to be Marinna. Crime Online cannot verify any of the claims made in the post.
At the time of her death, Rollins was out on $25,000 bail and was expected in court on May 16.