A US Army Sergeant First Class and his girlfriend have been arrested for the killing of his soldier wife.
Karlyn Ramirez, 24, was found dead in the family’s home in Severn near Fort Meade, Maryland, in August 2015, next to her unharmed baby daughter.
Her husband Maliek Kearney, 35, and his girlfriend Dolores Delgado, 31, were arrested over her death in San Antonio, Texas, on Thursday.
Police believe the pair somehow worked together to travel from Fort Jackson, South Carolina, where he was stationed at the time, to kill the young mother last year.
Maliek Kearney (left) has been charged over the killing of his wife, Karlyn Ramirez (right), a US Army Private First Class who was found dead in her home in Severn, Maryland, in August 2015
A federal grand jury indictment confirming their charges did not disclose which of the pair authorities believe shot the mother or if both were present at the time.
Ramirez and Kearney had been married for just five weeks at the time of her death.
Days after it he posted an emotional tribute to her on Facebook, sharing a photograph of their wedding and writing: ‘I’m so heartbroken but you will live on with me forever. I don’t want to say goodbye….still seems so unreal.’
His lawyer protested his innocence after his arrest, telling San Antonio Express News: ‘As of right now, he’s still proclaiming his innocence.
‘I don’t know what evidence they’ve gotten since but he talked to (police) after it happened.’
Kearney, 35, and Ramirez had a five-month-old daughter, Vale (above together). The baby was found unharmed next to her mother’s body
The pair married in 2015 (above) some five weeks before the 24-year-old mother’s death
Kearney (left with his wife) is accused of domestic violence resulting in death. His girlfriend Dolores Delgado (who is not pictured) was also charged. Pictured right: Karlyn Ramirez and her baby daughter
Kearney is a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear specialist. He and his girlfriend, who has been appointed a public defender, are charged with interstate travel to commit domestic violence resulting in death in the death.
Ramirez joined the armed forces at the age of 21, dropping out of university against her family’s wishes, Crime Watch reported.
She earned top security clearance after a stint in South Korea where she was sent as a Private First Class.
The woman, who previously survived cervical cancer, met Kearney through her work with the military. The pair welcomed their daughter Vale in April 2015 and married some months later.
The night before her death, Ramirez was home alone with her baby. She made a panicked phone call to her sister claiming she didn’t feel ‘safe’ but refused to tell her why.
Ramirez joined the US Army after dropping out of university. She was sent to South Korea as a Private First Class for one of her first assignments
The mother-of-one had been in her home alone with the pair’s baby daughter on the night of her death
The following morning police found her body riddled with gun-shot wounds. Vale was unharmed but still with her mother.
Kearney was looked at by police but dismissed as a suspect when his alibi was verified. He claimed he had been in Fort Jackson, South Carolina, on the night in question.
In interviews after her death, Ramirez’s family praised her husband who they said had continued to look after their daughter.
He has another daughter, Jada, from a previous relationship.
After Ramirez’s death, Kearney moved to the Texas base of Fort Houston in order to be closer to his late wife’s family as they raised Vale in Del Rio.
Delgado, it was claimed, has been living with or near him in the state. It is not clear where she is from originally but she has links to Florida and California.
Kearney and Delago were held without bond. Authorities are understood to be attempting to move them to Maryland.