NC woman won’t be charged after killing armed husband, who tied her up

The burned home on Haw Branch Road. WNCT photo

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – An Onslow County woman won’t be charged after her estranged husband and boyfriend were found dead inside a burned home on Haw Branch Road in Richlands late last month.

Onslow County Sheriff and District Attorney Ernie Lee made the announcement during a Wednesday afternoon news conference about a shooting investigation involving the bodies of two men were found in a burned home on Haw Branch Road in late August.

Lee said that 32-year-old Monica Rose Smith shot and killed her estranged husband, 33-year-old Cody Wade Smith, after he restrained her with ropes and duct tape.

Cody Smith also lured Monica Smith’s boyfriend, 43-year-old Gregory Pearce to the home by text message and then shot and killed him before he set the home on fire, Lee said.

Lee added, that when Cody Smith attempted to take Monica Smith from the home, she was able to grab a second firearm, brought to the home by her estranged husband, and fired a shot killing him.

Deputies responded to the home on 1872 Haw Branch Road in Richlands around 9:20 p.m. Saturday, Aug 27 after reports of an assault and fire.

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