Fort Bragg soldier arrested in the murder of Akeila Ware, 29, and her unborn child
Alonzo Dargan Jr allegedly opened fire on Akeila Ware's car along Highway 18 in Troup County, Georgia on October 5
TROUP COUNTY, GEORGIA: A Fort Bragg soldier, Alonzo Dargan Jr was arrested in Cumberland County, North Carolina on October 7, in connection with the murder of Akeila Ware, 29, and her unborn child. Dargan allegedly opened fire on Akeila's car along Highway 18 in Troup County, Georgia on October 5. The gunfire sent her car crashing into a tree, reports cited. A resident of LaGrange, Akeila was a nurse and a mother-of-five.
Cumberland County officials informed about Dargan's arrest in connection with the said incident at a news conference Friday, October 8. Dargan allegedly followed Akeila in a separate car, then shot her multiple times through her door which sent her car barrelling out of control and eventually crashing, officials noted. Dargan, who is married, was reportedly romantically involved with Akeila for an undisclosed amount of time. In a similar incident, Felicia Jones, 21, was found dead in a Jacksonville park and believed to have been killed, late September. In August, a pregnant teenager, Yarianna Wheeler's body was recovered from Lake Michigan in Illinois.
Dargan and Akeila are both from LaGrange, Georgia, and went to school together, Troup County Sheriff’s Department officials noted at the news conference. Sheriff James Woodruff said, "I went to the scene and could not believe that somebody had shot and killed a young mother of five children. On top of that, killed her and she had a baby inside of her that resulted in the death of the baby." Ware was reportedly 33 weeks pregnant at the time she was killed.
Dargan was arrested Thursday afternoon and was held in the custody of the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department on Friday, October 8 as he awaits extradition to Georgia, authorities further noted. Dargan Jr, whose rank with the US military was not known at the moment, used a handgun in the shooting. However, authorities said it wasn’t clear if the alleged murder weapon was a military-issued firearm. He was charged with murder and feticide for the death of the unborn baby, as well as a gun possession charge.