The wife of a former Fort Carson soldier who was shot to death Dec. 31 outside of his father’s Michigan home has been charged with his murder.
Spc. Kemia Hassel, 22, was arrested by Berrien County, Mich., officials Saturday and was in county jail on a charge of murder of a family member with a gun, court records show.
Sgt. Tyrone Hassel III, 23, was a wheeled vehicle mechanic who was moved to Fort Stewart, Ga., from Fort Carson in December. The couple have a 2-year-old son.
Police in St. Joseph Township in Michigan said they got a tip that led to the wife's arrest.
She was arraigned Monday on a charge of first-degree murder. Her boyfriend was jailed in Georgia, awaiting extradition to Michigan to face the same charge, Berrien County Prosecutor Michael Sepic told the Detroit Free Press.
"The motive for the two to plot Sgt. Hassel’s death may have been to continue their relationship and reap the Army’s death benefit from his murder," Sepic said in a Detroit Free press story.
Kemia Hassel called 911 to report her husband's shooting just after they had dinner with his family in Michigan on holiday leave.
“Everybody loved him,” Tyrone Hassel Jr., the soldier’s father, told Fox 17. “Nobody hated him that I can think of. I don’t know why this happened.”