Beaufort Marine's wife charged in connection with his death

mmcnab@beaufortgazette.comNovember 25, 2013 

The wife of a Marine killed in a robbery attempt Friday in Beaufort was charged with criminal conspiracy Monday, a Beaufort Police Department spokesman said.

Champagne White-Timberson, 19, helped plan and execute the armed robbery Friday that left her husband, 20-year-old Pfc. Jerrit Timberson, dead of a gunshot wound, Deputy Chief Dale McDorman said. White-Timberson and another accomplice, 18-year-old Marine Kelsey Terrell Dent, were charged with criminal conspiracy Monday, McDorman said.

Dent, a native of Belleville, Ill., was arrested Friday and charged with armed robbery after he, Timberson and two other people tried to rob a drug dealer on Hookstra Drive in the Mossy Oaks neighborhood of Beaufort, according to a police department release. Timberson and Dent both pulled fake pistols, but the drug dealer pulled a real gun and opened fire, the release said.

McDorman said White-Timberson was one of the other participants in the robbery attempt. No information on the fourth person or the drug dealer was available Monday.

When police arrived at the scene at about 9:30 p.m. Friday, they found a silver sedan parked in the middle of Hookstra Drive. Timberson was in the back seat. A friend, who was uninjured, was in the driver's seat. The identity of the person in the driver's seat has not been revealed.

Timberson was taken by ambulance to Beaufort Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Dent and White-Timberson were both being held at the Beaufort County Detention Center late Monday.

Both Timberson and Dent were stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, public affairs officer Sgt. Marcy Sanchez said.

Timberson, a native of Fairview Heights, Ill., joined the Marine Corps in October 2012. A private first class, he was assigned to Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 31, according to a news release Monday from the air station.

No information about Dent's service history was made available Monday.

Neither Timberson nor Dent has a criminal record in South Carolina, according to a State Law Enforcement Division background check.

An investigation into the robbery attempt and Timberson's death by Beaufort police continues, McDorman said. Naval Criminal Investigative Service investigators were also notified of Timberson's death, according to the air station.

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