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1 Arrested, 1 Sought in Slaying of Retired Soldier

Posted February 1, 2008 4:54 p.m. EST

— Detectives on Friday arrested one man and were searching for another wanted for killing of a retired soldier in Fayetteville.

Investigators believe that Francis Geraldo Burgos, 22, of 1604 Diplomat Drive, shot and killed Charles Anderson Miller, 69, of 5818 Holland St., during a home invasion on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008.

Cumberland County detectives said Steven Core Blanks, 22, of 6529 Green Meadow Court, also participated in the robbery and slaying.

Both men were charged with first-degree murder, first-degree burglary, attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy.

Miller, a former Green Beret, was shot to death inside his house just before 2 a.m., authorities said.

Miller's niece, Glenda Williams, described her uncle as a kind-hearted man who owned Miller's Plumbing. He was retired from the Army, where he was in the Special Forces and served in Vietnam, she said. He had four children – three sons and a daughter.