Commanders suspect a Fort Carson sergeant stabbed and strangled a 28-year-old soldier who was found dead early January in the post’s barracks.
Sgt. Vincinte L. Jackson, 40, who is with post’s 4th Engineer Battalion, was charged with premediated murder in the death of Spc. Brandy Fonteneaux, Fort Carson officials announced Friday.
Military officials found Fonteneaux dead in her barracks room on Jan 8.
Jackson has been held in military custody since Jan. 20 in connection with Fonteneaux’s death, charging papers show. Charges were issued in the case on Tuesday, and he is being held in the El Paso County jail.
Investigators suspect Jackson stabbed her with a knife and used his hands to strangle her sometime between Jan. 6 and Jan. 8, according to charging papers.
No other details have been released about the slaying, which his being investigated by the Army’s Criminal Investigation Command.
A call to Chris Grey, spokesman for the agency, was not immediately returned on Friday.
Premeditated murder charges carry a maximum sentence of death, though the death penalty is rarely sought in military courts.
Fonteneaux grew up in Houston and was stationed at Fort Carson in 2010, where she worked as a food service worker. She never saw combat.
Violent crime in Fort Carson’s Barracks has been rare. Barracks are reserved for low-ranking, unmarried enlisted troops who live in close quarters reminiscent of a college dormitory.
Jackson next faces an evidence hearing in the case. A recommendation from that hearing will go to the post’s commander, Maj. Gen. Joe Anderson, who will rule whether the sergeant faces a court-martial.