Bend In The Branch

The personal opinions of one among many.

Monday, October 30, 2006

Murder of a Marine

Updated (below)

Corporal Justin Lee Huff, 23, son of Blaine and Theresa, husband of Rebecca, father of an unborn child, Comrade of the Marines of 1st Marine Logistics Group, Veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, recipient of the Combat Action Ribbon and Navy Presidential Unit Citation, was laid to rest January 26, 2006.

Corporal Huff was reported missing January 2, 2006 when he failed to attend a class at the Navy and Marine Corps Intelligence Training Center at Dam Neck Annex. His burned body was discovered buried in a wooded area of Currituck County, North Carolina on January 13, 2006.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Cooper Jackson, 22, a fellow student, was arrested and charged with murder, kidnapping, impersonating an officer from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service and obstruction of justice.

An Article 32 Hearing began Monday to determine if evidence supports trying (court-martialing) Jackson for all initial criminal charges.

Testimony indicates that Corporal Huff was a victim of circumstances instigated by the vile manipulation of an emotionally disturbed, foolhardily lovesick young man.

Jackson encountered “Samantha”, a supposed voluptuous and wealthy blonde who had reportedly been brutally raped by a Marine, on the internet. He never met “Samantha” (she left him waiting at an airport from 9:00 a.m. until closing over the Christmas Holiday), but he was convinced Huff was the Marine she described as having attacked her.

Jackson posed as a Naval Criminal Justice Investigative Agent and took Huff from Dam Neck in handcuffs to North Carolina, slit his throat, set him on fire, and buried him.

“Samantha” existed only in Jackson’s mind, and in the mind of Ashley Elrod, a hotel clerk who created the persona.

Jackson’s fate appears to be sealed.

One can only hope Ashley Elrod will be tried by a higher court for her participation in the murder of an innocent man.

References:

dailypress.com

pilotonline.com

Updated 14 June 2006

Cell phone records indicated Ashley Elrod made 4970 calls between December 7, 2005 and January 6, 2006. 509 calls were made to Cooper Jackson in December.

The rape she related to Petty Officer 3rd Class Cooper Jackson never occurred. It was merely a yarn spun to keep the sailor on the hook without reeling him in.

Jackson was not the only fish left dangling on the line.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael Chunke testified that Elrod, posing as “Callie Adams”, was “kind of” his girlfriend at the time, even though the two had never met.

Reference:

pilotonline.com

Updated 15 June 2006

She e-mailed topless photos of a slender, attractive blonde and claimed to be wealthy.

He wanted to meet her.

She claimed to be the victim of rape; far too traumatized to trust another man.

He told her he wanted to kill the Marine who had raped her.

They often exchanged 50-70 calls a day.

Each and every lie heavyset, high school dropout Ashley Elrod told beget yet another.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Cooper Jackson killed Corporal Justin L. Huff.

He awaits a decision on whether he will face a court-martial that will surely end his career and could end his life.

She is in counseling because she “has low self-esteem” and needs “someone to talk to”.

Reference: pilotonline.com

Updated 24 July 2006

Petty Officer 3rd Class Cooper Jackson will face capital charges (the death penalty) in a general court marshal for the murder of Corporal Justin L. Huff

Updated 23 October 2006

The Plea Bargain: Petty Officer 3rd Class Cooper Jackson pled guilty to charges of premeditated murder, kidnapping, impersonating a Naval Criminal Investigative Service agent and obstruction of justice, avoiding a possible death sentence for the murder of Cpl. Justin L. Huff.

Updated 30 October 2006

Petty Officer 3rd Class Cooper Jackson has been sentenced to life in prison, without the possibility of parole.

I urge a donation in Corporal Huff's name for the benefit of his son to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society.

48 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

His name is Jackson Cooper...not Jefferson

3:31 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

I've corrected my typo to read "Cooper Jackson". Thanks

7:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The SOB Jackson should get his throat slit, burned and buried too! Justin was the best man to everyone! And she should burn in hell for eternity! RIP Jake Huff

10:27 PM  
Anonymous Corporal P said...

I just wanted to say that Huff was a friend of mine and that he will be missed. I am glad SOMEONE keeps updates about the trial. I have been looking all over the place to find out what happened with the trial, and now I know where to look. To Huff from the Marines at G-6, 1st MLG: We love you buddy, god speed. You won't be forgotten...

2:40 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

Corporal P,

Huff will not be forgotten.

9:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did you know Cpl Huff???

7:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I want to know what charges are going to be placed on Miss. Ashley??? I believe that she needs to recieve punishment for her actions. "Theraphy" is NOT enough, needing "someone to talk to" is NO excuse for making up a story and getting someone killed. This is a very upsetting situation and I give my condolences to Huff's family and friends.

3:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To all, I testified at the trial on behalf of one of the greatest men that I have ever known, Jake. Cooper Jackson got sentenced to life without parol. Sadly nothing is going to happen to Ashley Elrod, I know all would like to see her pay for her part in the murder. We got our justice for the murder, but it still won't bring back our friend. Let us keep him in our hearts and his family in our prayers. RIP Jake and for those of you that have not met little Jakie yet, he smiles just like his daddy.

1:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I sorry to about what happen to Huff. But they did the right thing by giving him life without parole. Because if you give him the death penalty he want be able to suffer cause he is dead. Trust in the penn he will suffer alot. And he will get tortured alot. So GOD is gonna take care of it.. God Bless

6:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I knew Cooper Jackson. I sat next to him in our Navy Intelligence Class, and I hung out with him and the other guys and ate hooters, we relaxed at AJ gators. I would have considered us friends. I would have never guessed that during the time this was going on, he was having these mental issues. And there was this pathetic person spinning his mind into a rage that destroyed so many lives. I feel strange saying this, but I will miss Cooper... I dont know him as the murderer, I dont know him the the twisted psycho. I am so truly sorry for the families of Mr. Huff, and the child that will be growing up without a father. But at least it will be some small consolation to the child that the father was a hero, and will be remembered so. And Cooper, he was sick. This is truly the tragedy, all around.

5:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

CPL HUFF WAS MY BEST FRIEND. I WILL MISS HIM DEARLY...I MISS EVERYTHING ABOUT HIM!!! THIS WAS A STUPID, THOUGHTLESS, GUTLESS, HEARTLESS ACT. I HOPE THAT MR. JACKSON ROTS IN HELL. AS FOR MS. ASHLEY ELROD...I HOPE THAT THIS IS A LESSON FOR ALL OF THE ATTENTION WHORES OUT THERE WHO MAKE THINGS UP TO GAIN THE ATTENTION OF MEN. DUE TO HER THOUGHTLESSNESS AND SELF PITY AN INNOCENT MAN WAS MURDERED. TO THIS DAY I FEEL SHE IS NOT SORRY FOR THE PAIN THAT SHE AND MR JACKSON HAVE CAUSED...HUFF WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN AND AS FOR JACKSON AND ELROD...NEVER FORGIVEN. NOT A DAY GOES BY THAT I DONT THINK OF MY BROTHER, HIS WIFE, AND CHILD.. I LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU DEARLY JAKEY AND I WILL NEVER EVER FORGET YOU!!!!

2:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope Cooper Jackson rots in hell. Your friend is a sick twisted man that had no life and believed this dumb fat bitch. I mean come on, if someone keeps putting you off, would you really spend all day at the airport from the time it opened till it closed? Your dumb ass friend was retarded to begin with and got dumber after he started having phone relationship with a fat ugly nasty ass bitch. You shouldn't be missing this pathetic loser. Actually, I was surprised to see that someone is missing Cooper Jackson. How can you miss someone that did that to an innocent man? Now only that but do you ever think about his wife? How much she must be missing her husband? They had a future together, he was the love of her life. How about Cpl Huff's son? He will never be able to see his father or even hear the sound of his voice. Cpl Huff didn't get to hold his son. How about his sisters that will never be able to talk to him or hang out with him. How about Cpl Huff's parents? He was their only son. Give me a fucking break. No one gives a shit about how much you are going to miss that worthless piece of shit. Matter of fact, every time you miss him, you can imagine Cooper getting butt raped because I'm sure he is getting raped as we speak.

4:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I personally knew Cpl Huff and Et3 Jackson. I went to school with them at NMITC, and I hung out with both on many occasions after school! Cpl Huff was the type of guy that was easy befriend, he always had something witty to say and knew just how to make everyone around him laugh. I will never forgive et3 for what he did, but you cannot put it all on him. Ashley Elrod was a lying, manipulative, decitful woman who knew what to say and how to say it to get what she wanted. It is a shame that she was able to bend the mind of et3 like she did. Et3 was a different sort of person, one who always seemed to have a strange obession with pain but as a former member of his class it is hard to see him as a murder. I spent months getting to know et3 and he was able to hide his mental problems from his friends! My prayers and sympathys are with the family and friends of Cpl Huff. Rachel I am so sorry for the pain that you have had to endure because of the cruel mindless acts of an animal!

3:41 PM  
Anonymous Sgt M said...

I would like everyone to know, I went to school Intel school with Cpl Huff. He was in the class behind me and he will will me missed.

2:29 AM  
Anonymous Joe from Carmel said...

I feel sorry for the whole family. They have lost some great people in the past few year. I am very sad of this news.

8:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I served in Iraq with Justin. Not Jake, his name was Justin. He was a good man and served his country well. I miss him to this day. I was not as close to him as some of his friends from his original unit, but we became pretty close over the seven months we were in Iraq. "What'er you workin with there?". That was Justin. Cooper is a souless piece of you know what and as far as I am concerned is not worth the air he uses to stay alive, let alone our tax dollars.

7:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the girl is still out there. i know for a fact.

8:52 PM  
Blogger How to Replicate Neon Lights? said...

Honestly this girl is the same girl that led on my friend...she had him wrapped around his finger...he would have done the same thing if she would have told him the same story...this girl should be charged with some sort of crime because if it wasnt for me and a bunch of my buddies hiring a private investigator then he probably would have ended up in the same boat...this is the craziest story I have ever heard and she led him on in the same way...her name was Ashleigh and had very many provocative photos of herself then too.

10:06 PM  
Blogger jon said...

huff was a great guy and always made everyone happy. i served with him in iraq

4:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok, Mr. Anonymous from 3:41pm. Who knew Cpl Huff AND that worthless piece of shit. Cooper Jackson killed Cpl Huff. Ashley Elrod led him on, yes but Cooper Jackson could have let him go. And who is Rachel? Are you talking about his wife, Rebecca? How the hell did you know Cpl Huff and Jackson personally? They were in a complete different class and they didn't even know one another... so how did YOU know them both??? Who are you?

3:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He was an EN3 not a ET3, and he was a good guy who just fucked up. Im sorry for the loss of Huff and all dont get me wrong and Jackson is doing the time that he should but befor he took to the turn for the worst he was a good guy and a good sailor

2:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cooper Jackson, Asley Alrod and all of you soo full o hate in your hearts are a bunch of patetic bitter and sorry bunch. Two Wrongs do not make a right. I fell Sorry and much pitty for all of you.
Yea Justin Huff is probably really happy that you all feel that way Keep at it And you all will end up in the same hell that you wish Cooper Jackson.

7:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

FYI...ASHLEY ELROD WORKS AT THE SEA RANCH MOTEL IN KILL DEVIL HILLS N.C.

1731 N Virginia Dare Trl
Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948-7940
(252) 441-7126

THIS IS CURRENT INFO..09-04-09

I AM A LOCAL RESIDENT HERE ON THE OUTER BANKS AND IS ASHAMES ME THAT WE AS A COMMUNITY WOULD HAVE SOMEONE OF THIS NATURE WORKING WITH THE PUBLIC ON A DAILY BASIS. SHAME ON THE SEA RANCH.

MY CONDOLENCES TO YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILIES ON BOTH SIDES OF THIS TRAGEDY.

3:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You should learn how to spell first there anonymous from 7:42pm. Also thank you, anonymous from 3:12am. I appreciate that info and your generousity.

7:56 PM  
Anonymous cg said...

I knew Jake in HS and after, a standup guy and will never be forgotten. Did I fail to mention how big his smile was when he got really excited about things.

7:40 PM  
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8:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP Huff

1:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My name is SGT Kenneth Littrell. I was a friends with Huff since he came to the G2 office that we both worked in. I have stayed silent for years. I couldn't even say anything to his wife. Huff, and I used to go to the bowling alley in the middle of the work day to blow of the retards at work. When he went missing I knew something was wrong. Huff was a great Marine. I think of him often. If anyone knows how to contact his wife, I would like to pay my respects.

SGT Kenneth Littrell

3:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I knew jackson and he was a EN converting over to IS... yeah RIP to Huff... jackson was a great guy and i will remember him as how he was before this happened... I wish that ashley would have gotten the same punishment... cause her being depressed just isn't enough... for what she did to both men point blank.. every one has hate for jackson... but they should really hate her...

7:10 PM  
Anonymous michael t gibbs en3 (sw) said...

I am sorry that my was miss lead by that evil lady, but cooper jakson was a nice guy I was stationed with him for 2 years on the lsd 49 and he was a gerat buddy an shipmate to all. Yes he did make a huge mistake but never condem him to hell none of us are able to judge we all make mistakes in life was just more out there then normal, so look at your self an jugde not cooper jackson.

6:10 AM  
Blogger Jimmy said...

Sgt J. Valdez: I was with Huff in 1st Maint. Bn. Camp Pendleton. I remember how great of a Marine he was. I did 2 tours with him in Iraq and I miss him still today. I am barely finding this story online today, 3-14-2011. If anyone knows how to contact his family, please email me at Jvalzone@gmail.com. RIP J. HUFF, And Ashley will suffer the balance of the universe. I have never known Bad people to live happy.

6:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can get a hold of his wife at trhuff815@yahoo.com

10:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can get a hold of Huff's wife at trhuff815@yahoo.com

10:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what i want to know is how did she know Huff to begin with ???? this is beyong disgusting a sad piece of crap she is, who thinks that by saying you have low self esteem you will get a ''get out jail free card''!! Beyond needing therapy more like mental help & incarsoration liying about how you really look is deceit 101 & if it leads to a crime you are just as GUILTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! POINT BLANK ...

4:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I recently discovered that I work with this woman. i find this frightening. She is our new manager. I hope she is doing things in her life to stop this from ever occurring again to anyone. That is the only way to make up for mistakes. mistakes happen. not that i know enough about this to call it a mistake, because i dont. I know only what has been published in the news. I was always told that when mistakes happen, its what we do about it that matters. I'm sorry to all those who lost their loved ones. This was a disgrace to our species.

12:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Justin Huff was by far my best friend. Here is 2013 and there is not a day that goes by that I don't think about him. The day of his funeral I feel to one knee and lost control. Ever since then I have not been the same. Becca if you ever read this send me an e-mail fitzgerald936@yahoo.com Forever in my heart

12:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here it is 2014, and not a day goes by that I don't think about my uncle. I miss him so much, and he inspired me to want to serve my country. That's what i'm going to do. So, thank you uncle Jake:) I love you so much.
---- Anonymous 10:27 I TOTALLY AGREE !!!

12:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think of Jake everyday. He was my best friend and first love. He was the foundation at the beginning of my life. He was my rock through my most difficult years of adolescence and college. I was never the same when we were apart. I love him and that smile. He has an will always be my hero. Every since I was 15. He was the best person I ever knew. God Bless Rebecca and Jakie. I know Jake touched many lives while he was here because that is just who he was.

9:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you need to find ashley robin Elrod she is in McMinnville Tennessee. She is destroyed more lives her and need to be pUT in a mental hospital. Prayers for the families she is destroyed.

5:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you need to find ashley robin Elrod she is in McMinnville Tennessee. She is destroyed more lives her and need to be pUT in a mental hospital. Prayers for the families she is destroyed.

5:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ashley robin Elrod is a horrible person. She lIves in Mcminnville Tennessee. She is still destroying lives ..this crazy woman needs to be in a mental hospital.
She is tearing families apart still to this day.. prayers for all those she has hurt.

5:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know where you can find her

5:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

She is still destroying lives in McMinnville Tennessee

5:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

IS THIS REAL?

2:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I decided to google my boss, after she told me that lies can hurt people. I'm so sorry for your loss. When I met our new boss she look like a shy person to come to fine out she had this kind of affect on people, I guess she will fit well people in Chicago.

10:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ashley robin Elrod is and always will be a nasty fat piece of shit. She works in tennessee now and lives in mcminnville. She had a man killed and has destroyed alot of families.

1:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stay away from her. She is a,horrible person

1:25 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I'm A news/documentary producer with a major television network and working on a story about the tragic murder of Justin Huff. If you are willing to talk with me about it please call me at 646-784-4074. Alec

6:09 PM  

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