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Man Pleads Guilty to VA Hospital Slaying

Posted April 30, 2007 2:37 p.m. EDT

— 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.