Two Georgia-based soldiers have pleaded not guilty to premeditated murder in the case of the shooting death of a Fort Stewart noncommissioned officer who was gunned down outside his father’s home on New Year’s Eve.
A police officer in St. Joseph Township, Michigan, told a Berrien County judge on Wednesday that Spc. Kemia Hassel, 22, had spent months planning the murder of her husband, Sgt. Tyrone Hassel, 23, at the hands of her boyfriend, Spc. Jeremy Cuellar, 24, according to the Kalamazoo Gazette.
The two hashed out their plan over Snapchat, a social media platform that deletes picture and video messages as soon as they’ve been viewed, Mike Lanier told the court during the preliminary hearing. He testified that Spc. Hassel told police she planned her husband’s death, the Gazette reported.
The two were having an affair, country prosecutor Michael Sepic said in a January news release.