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Conn. Soldier At Ft. Bragg Awaiting Extradition On Murder Charges

Posted January 19, 2006 2:17 a.m. EST

— A Connecticut soldier training in North Carolina before deploying to Afghanistan faces capital felony and murder charges in connection with a double homicide at a Hartford, Conn., grocery store earlier this month.

Steven Debow, 20, of Hartford, faces several charges, and if convicted, could be eligible for the death penalty, according to Hartford's state attorney.

The charges stem from a shooting Jan. 5 at Elizabeth Grocery in Hartford's North End. Authorities found the bodies of Elizabeth Morel, 26, of Hartford, and Enrique Perez, 39.

The suspect wore a mask, police said.

Debow, a private in the Connecticut National Guard, is expected to be extradited back to Connecticut next week. Military officials said Debow checked in at Fort Bragg last weekend because his unit had been mobilized and was to train there before heading to Afghanistan.

Officials found Debow's name had been entered into a computerized national criminal database by Connecticut authorities and he was turned over to the Cumberland County sheriff's department, where he is being held under a $2 million secured bond.