Woman indicted for murder in estranged husband’s shooting death

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Jennifer Ann Crampton
Jennifer Ann Crampton

A New Hanover County grand jury has indicted a Burgaw woman in the November 2015 shooting death of her estranged husband.

Jennifer Ann Crampton, 29, faces a charge of first-degree murder in connection with the death of 31-year-old Robert Crampton, according to court records.

Robert Crampton was shot at a residence in a mobile home park located at 2709 Castle Hayne Road on Nov. 2, 2015. Deputies with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office responded to the shooting at 5:42 p.m., and found Jennifer Crampton outside the home, sheriff’s office spokesman Lt. Jerry Brewer said.

According to the 911 call released by New Hanover County Emergency Services, Jennifer Crampton placed the call that led deputies to the Castle Hayne home. When a dispatcher asked Jennifer Crampton what happened, she cried, “I couldn’t let him…I wasn’t going to let him hurt my son anymore. I couldn’t.”

Robert Crampton was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center with a gunshot wound to his head. He died at the hospital the next day.

Following the shooting, Jennifer Crampton was charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill or inflict serious injury. But after Robert Crampton succumbed to the injury, the charge was upgraded to first-degree murder.

Court records show that on the day Robert Crampton was shot, both he and Jennifer Crampton had been in a custody hearing in Pender County Civil Court. In the months before Robert Crampton’s death, Jennifer Crampton was granted a domestic violence protective order, as well as several child custody orders she filed in Pender County Court.

Jennifer Crampton is being held at the New Hanover County Jail under a $1,001,000 secured bond.