Honoring Jacqwelyn Villagomez who Died at the Hands of Boyfriend and Retired Army Private John Needham (2008)

Jacqwelyn Joann Villagomez (2008)

Jacqwelyn Villagomez

Honoring Jacqwelyn Joann Villagomez, 19, who tragically died on September 1, 2008 at the hands of Army Private John Needham, a medically retired soldier struggling with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury. Although John was charged with her murder, he died on February 19, 2010 shortly before the trial of an apparent overdose on painkillers.

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“Troy Roberts reports on the case of Pvt. John Needham, a decorated soldier who was Medivac-ed from Iraq and later diagnosed with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Investigators say John beat his 19-year-old girlfriend to death with his bare hands — and while John took responsibility for Jacque’s death, he remembers little of the crime, recognizing only that something inside him snapped. 48 HOURS MYSTERY explores the murder of Jacque Villagomez, as well as whether John’s TBI and PTSD might have played a role in her death.” –48 Hours Mystery

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