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Bladenboro Husband, Mark Timothy Sykes, Charged with Wife’s Murder

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Mark Timothy Sykes of 2006 Berry Lewis Road in Bladenboro is in the photo above.

According to the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, a Bladenboro man has been charged with murder 14 years after the victim was shot. A press release from Bladen County Sheriff’s Office states, “On October 4, 2007, Mark Timothy Sykes of 2006 Berry Lewis Road in Bladenboro shot his wife, Jennifer Bass Sykes, with a handgun in the abdomen during a domestic argument, according to Bladen County Sheriff’s Office. Jennifer Sykes was taken to the hospital, where she was treated and underwent several surgeries for her injuries.”

Mark Sykes was charged with Assault With A Deadly Weapon With Intent To Kill Inflicting Serious Injury and sentenced in June of 2008 to the North Carolina Department of Corrections. Sykes served four years and four months for the charge.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, Jennifer Sykes continued to experience complications due to her gunshot wound over the next thirteen years. In March 2020, Jennifer Sykes passed away.

An autopsy was conducted by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Raleigh. According to the Sheriff’s Office, the Medical Examiner listed the cause of death to be complications of a remote gunshot wound to the abdomen.

The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the District Attorney’s office, investigated the matter. On October 4, 2021, Mark Timothy Sykes, a 49-year-old male of Bladenboro, was charged with First Degree Murder in the death of Jennifer Bass Sykes. Sykes is in the Bladen County Detention Center under no bond.