JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – A man is facing an open count of murder in connection to homicide in Onslow County this week.
42-year-old Joseph McGarry is charged with murder and made his first court appearance on Thursday morning.
McGarry’s arrest follows Onslow County Sheriff’s Office deputies responding to a report of shots fired at 2106 Dawson Cabin Road around 9:10 p.m. Wednesday evening.
When they got to the scene, they found the body of 33-year-old Maria Faye Snook.
Snook, who had two young children, was found lying in the front yard of the residence dead from multiple gunshot wounds.
A white male, later identified as McGarry, fled the scene when deputies arrived at the scene, but was apprehended after a short foot chase.
It’s believed that McGarry shot Snook after a domestic argument, officials said. He’s in the the Onslow County Sheriff’s Detention Center under no bond.
Investigators said the victim was in a relationship with McGarry.
Snook’s friend describes their relationship as tumultuous.
“It was pretty much heartbreaking, depressing because she didn’t deserve, she deserves way better than what she got from him,” commented Brittany Altenburg, a friend of Snook. “She was a loving mother. She cared more about her kids than herself.”
McGarry appeared in Onslow District Court Thursday morning looking somber as the judge set his next court appearance for the middle of September. He’s in the the Onslow County Sheriff’s Detention Center under no bond.