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ONLY ON 3: Alabama murder has ties to Wilmington

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- A Camp Lejeune marine and his girlfriend are both behind bars after being accused of murder. Marquis Cheatham, 23, and Dominique Atkinson, 21, are accused of killing Cheatham's wife Ashley during a trip to Alabama.

Alicia Pringle, who lives in Wilmington, sees Atkinson on a regular basis. They share children to the same father.

"Dominique is a very outgoing person," said Pringle. "She is a good mom. I would not expect anything like this. This would be the last thing to cross my mind."

Pringle says she watches their son all the time. She was shocked to hear of Atkinson's recent allegations and says it is completely out of character. But now, she is focused on their children.

"All I could think about was my son. Not only my son but my kids, you know," said Pringle. "How are they supposed to live knowing their mom is being charged with capital murder?"

At Monday's extradition hearing, the judge ordered Atkinson to remain in North Carolina. Her next court date is scheduled for May 7.

Pringle says the couple was visiting the wife in Alabama for Easter when the murder happened. She says cheatham was manipulative and knew how to control women.

Cheatham had his extradition hearing Monday afternoon. At the Onslow County Courthouse in Jacksonville, Cheatam agreed to go back to Montgomery, AL, as soon as the Onslow County Sheriff's Office contacts Montgomery Police.

Both Cheatham and Atkinson, of Pender County, are charged with capital murder.

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