Raleigh man pleads guilty to killing ex-girlfriend

April 9, 2019

A Raleigh man will spend at least 24 years in prison for killing his ex-girlfriend two years ago and dumping her body in a vacant lot.

Andrew Eugene Meeks, 44, pleaded guilty Tuesday to second-degree murder in the death of Jennifer Ann Arrington. He was sentenced to 292 to 393 months in prison.

Arrington, 44, and Meeks shared an apartment on Schaub Drive in southwest Raleigh, but they broke up in August 2017, police said.

Two days after the breakup, Arrington disappeared. Her body was found five months later in the 5100 block of Windmere Chase Drive in east Raleigh – about 13 miles away from Schaub Drive.

Meeks was found with Arrington’s car in Illinois three days after she disappeared. He told investigators that he went to the apartment after the breakup, found blood in the living room and decided to take the car and leave the state, according to search warrants in the case.

Investigators determined that Meeks had been seen at Arrington’s apartment on the night she disappeared, and detectives found vertical blinds that appeared to have blood on them hidden in a closet there, as well as a broken lamp, according to search warrants. They also found blood in the car Meeks was using.