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Man Pleads Guilty to VA Hospital Slaying

Posted April 30, 2007

— A Fayetteville man has pleaded guilty in federal court to first-degree murder in connection with a fatal shooting at the Veterans Affairs Medical Hospital in Fayetteville in late 2005.

Arthur Charland, 43, admitted to killing Linda Faye Owens on Dec. 12, 2005, at the hospital pharmacy. He concealed a shotgun inside Christmas wrapping paper to get the weapon into the hospital, investigators said.

Charland told authorities that he had been dating Owens for 11 years and that she wanted to end the relationship.

He also said that he stopped taking medication for bipolar disorder before the shooting.

Federal prosecutors aren't seeking the death penalty against Charland. His sentencing date hasn't been set.


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  • simracer68 May 1, 2007

    '74? Yes, that's a while ago. I'm a smidge younger, I came out in 1987 as did my wife. It's a shame to hear stories about it like the one a while back about people taking their kids out and moving to other schools due to gangs/violence...Wasn't anything like that back in my day, or yours either if I had to guess. Going to the "country" high school was actually pretty fun comparatively speaking.

  • Curious May 1, 2007

    simracer68...Why not. I graduated from Cape Fear in in 1974. Long time ago, huh?

  • lboyette Apr 30, 2007

    He will end up committed because he suffers from a disease that has to be controlled with daily medication.OH I forgot there shutting down dix soon.

  • simracer68 Apr 30, 2007

    Another CFHS alum here. Now, anyone want to start naming their graduation years and further tell on themselves...? lol

    But I am glad this is coming to a close. Domestic violence is such a tragedy. How do things go *that* wrong with people that were once supposedly in love?

  • Its Just What I Do Apr 30, 2007

    curious- what a coincidence, my husband as well graduated from CFHS, I now have a Junior there.

  • juwannaknow Apr 30, 2007

    I actually worked with this guy when I was doing my clinical work for pharmacy school back in 2005...This guy always seemed weird to me be but always nice to everyone...He always acted sort of "goofy", joking around with other coworkers..I never felt nervous by being in his presence..I briefly met Linda and she seemed shy but very nice...The VA did not have metal detectors while I was there..Anyone and everyone walked thru those doors and I never felt scared..They may have the detectors now. My heart just breaks when I think about this..Everyone in that pharmacy were so kind and giving to us then-students.

  • spiritwarriorwoman Apr 30, 2007

    This man should have to do long hard time, but he'll probably just end up with a slap on the wrist like all women beaters do.

    Praying for the victim's loved ones.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • spiritwarriorwoman Apr 30, 2007

    Curious - "You would think a military hospital would be guarded agains't bringing guns inside. No metal detectors?"

    No metal detectors in Durham, in fact, no patrolling or standing security inside the buildings at all. They have to be asked for and called in order for them to show up. Not sure why. Doesn't seem smart at all in this day and age. It's almost as if they think the folks that go there, both young and old, are expendable, which I'm sure isn't the case, because although the wait is often long, I received good care in Durham.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB
    USMC Sargeant
    Semper Fi

  • Curious Apr 30, 2007

    It's Just What I Do...I agree, it's a beautiful old building. I was raised in the area and graduated from Cape Fear High School myself. But I haven't been at the hospital in 20 years.

  • Its Just What I Do Apr 30, 2007

    The VA is not like womack, (or our courthouse) in that respect. Not sure if there are ANY detectors at all. It is an old, but beautiful building, beautiful grounds.