Man arrested in murder of Marine’s spouse, 37 years later

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ONSLOW COUNTY, NC (WCTI) — An arrest is made in a 37-year-old cold case in Onslow County. A former Marine has been arrested for the murder of another Marine’s wife in 1979.

Roger Pollard made his first court appearance in Onslow County Court Monday morning. He is accused of murdering Karen Johnson, 20, in her Onslow County home on April 19, 1979. Authorities said Johnson was beaten and strangled. She had recently been married to Gary Johnson, a Marine, who was deployed at the time. Gary Johnson and Roger Pollard were in the same unit at Camp Lejeune.

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At a press conference Monday morning, authorities said they suspected Pollard all along but never had enough evidence to charge him. But with advancements in technology since 1979, investigators said they were able to find more witnesses and more evidence through the years and finally had enough to arrest Pollard.

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