Ex-Army Drill Sergeant Earl Richmond, Jr. was Sentenced to Death for Murder of Army Specialist at Fort Dix and a Mother & Two Children in North Carolina (1991)

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Earl Richmond, Jr., Army veteran, was executed in 2005.

Sgt. Earl Richmond, Jr was stationed at Fort Dix from 1988 until he was discharged for misconduct in the fall of 1990 for taking money from trainees.

On April 15, 1989, a female Air Force officer stationed at Fort Dix and her male companion were held at gunpoint and robbed at a bus stop. The Air Force officer was sexually assaulted as well. Richard Stevens was a civilian who worked at the base. He was charged, convicted of the crimes, and sentenced to fourteen years by a federal court. Eventually it was determined that he was wrongfully convicted of these crimes. He served more then three and a half years in jail before he was exonerated. Stevens resembled Earl Richmond Jr. who was identified as a suspect in this case yet never officially charged. While Stevens was getting out of jail in 1992, Richmond was awaiting trial on state charges for the rape of a 17-year-old girl at a motel near Fort Dix in April 1989. The burglary and rape case involving the Air Force officer at Fort Dix is considered unsolved.

Shortly after the rape accusations surfaced, Earl Richmond, Jr. was charged with four murders. In 1991, Richmond raped and murdered both Army Spc Lisa Nadeau in Fort Dix, New Jersey and Helisa Hayes in Fayetteville, North Carolina. He murdered Helisa Haye’s two children who were witnesses to the crime as well. DNA evidence helped solve these four cases and tied him to the 1989 rape of the 17-year-old girl at the motel near Fort Dix.

  1. Spc. Lisa Nadeau, 24, raped & strangled on April 4, 1991 in base housing.
  2. Helisa Hayes, 27, raped and strangled in her home in November 1991.
  3. Phillip Hayes, 8, stabbed 60 times with a pair of scissors.
  4. Darien Hayes, 7, strangled with an electric cord.

Earl Richmond, Jr. was sentenced to death for the four murders and executed by lethal injection in North Carolina on May 6, 2005.

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Army Pvt. Rosa Martinez Found Murdered at Fort Dix; Pvt. Jose Aponte Pleaded Guilty at Court Martial, Sentenced to 40 Years in Prison (April 11, 1987)

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Army Pvt. Rosa Martinez, 21, from Elsa, Texas was found dead on April 11, 1987 at Fort Dix in New Jersey. She was attending an eight week cooking course at the base. Her body was discovered badly burned in a refuse bin on base. An autopsy report showed that she had died of strangulation after having been beaten about the head. Pvt. Jose Aponte, 18, of New Jersey was attending a truck driving training course at the base. Aponte admitted in court to knowing Martinez only by sight. The night she was killed they had shared a taxi on a return trip to base. He testified that he left the taxi with her and that when she objected to his advances, he punched her in the face and struck her in the head with a piece of brick. He tried to cover up his crimes by strangling her, throwing her in a refuse bin, and setting it on fire. Pvt. Aponte pleaded guilty to killing her after she resisted his advances. He was court-martialed, sentenced to 40 years of hard labor, and dishonorably discharged from the military.

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Sgt Sandra Jones, US Army, Fort Dix, New Jersey (1986)

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Sgt Sandra Jones, US Army, Fort Dix, New Jersey was murdered by her son Joel Jones on October 6, 1986. She was stabbed multiple times. Joel was held for a psychiatric evaluation by the courts.

“Sgt. Sandra Jones, 37 years old, was murdered and her 19-year-old son, Joel E. Jones, was charged in the slaying.” -Bill Libby (April 14, 1987)

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