Scroll through Adacia Rochelle Bruton’s Facebook profile over the past year, and she appears as a happy, attractive and vibrant young woman who celebrated her high school prom two years ago and recently announced her engagement to a fellow soldier at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
A small-town Carolina girl who grew up in Chatham County, Bruton’s Facebook profile says she likes Bojangles’, the Tar Heels, banana pudding and “The Nutty Professor” movie.
Fayetteville police on Friday charged Bruton, 20, of Pittsboro, North Carolina, with the shooting death Wednesday of another young soldier, Justin Moore, 21, who was stationed on Fort Bragg.
Sheriff’s deputies from Cumberland and Chatham counties, along with Pittsboro police, conducted a two-day investigation that led to Bruton being charged with first-degree murder, said Fayetteville police spokesman Lt. Todd Joyce.
Investigators have accused Bruton with gunning down Moore in the parking lot at the Lake in The Pines Apartment complex in Fayetteville, Joyce said. She was arrested Friday morning.
“She was in uniform at the time of her arrest,” Joyce said.
Joyce would not disclose a motive for the shooting, but he did say Moore and Bruton were connected through a third person.
“I don’t think the other person is a soldier,” he said.
About 11:43 a.m. Wednesday, emergency dispatchers alerted police about a shooting at the apartment complex on Tamarack Drive, where officers found Moore, in a military uniform, mortally wounded in the parking lot. Early on during the investigation, witnesses told police they saw a man with dreadlocks fleeing the area in a dark colored compact sedan, Joyce said.
Moore joined the Army in 2011. He was assigned as a water treatment specialist with the 82nd Airborne Division. His awards and decorations include the Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and Army Service Ribbon.
Save for a speeding ticket last year in Randolph County, Bruton had no contact with the law before her arrest Friday, state records show.
Bruton’s Facebook photos show that she attended her senior prom in 2012 and joined the U.S. Army the following year. She wrote that her older brother, a U.S. Marine, inspired her to join the Army.
In April, Bruton posted on her Facebook page that she was engaged to another Fort Bragg soldier, Jayce Mosley, who studied psychology at John Tyler Community College in Virginia before joining the Army.
“THANK GOD! I found you,” Bruton wrote on her Facebook page, accompanying a picture of the two of them together.
On his Facebook page, Mosley lists meeting Bruton last year as an important life event. He could not be reached for comment Friday.
A family member at Bruton’s Chatham County home declined to comment about the case Friday night.
Bruton is being held in the Cumberland County jail without benefit of bail, Joyce reported.
News researcher Peggy Neal contributed to this report.