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Man Charged in Fatal Harnett County Shooting

Posted April 16, 2007 11:49 a.m. EDT

— A Linden man has been charged in connection with a slaying late Saturday in Harnett County, authorities said.

Harnett County deputies responded to a shooting report at about 11 p.m. Saturday at 530 Gilchrist Road in Cameron and found the body of 44-year-old Freddie Smith inside his home.

Smith appeared to have died from a gunshot wound, but his body has been sent to the State Medical Examiner's Office in Chapel Hill to determine the cause of death, authorities said.

Carl Joaquin Salas McGaha has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with Smith's death. McGaha is being held without bond in the Harnett County Detention Center.