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Suspects Charged in Murder of Durham Woman

Posted March 22, 2000 6:00 a.m. EST

— Durham police have made two arrests in the deadly shooting of a woman in her home late Wednesday night.

Investigators say Karen Paschall, 45, was talking on the phone in her home on Wyldewood Road when she was shot twice in the chest. Police say the shots were fired from just outside her kitchen window.

Charles E. McDonald III, 19, and Corey Eugene Damarr, 18, have each been charged with one count of first-degree murder and one count of discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling.

Long-time neighbor Calvin Parker says it is hard to believe something so violent happened right next door.

"She's a nice lady, never bothered anybody. Nice to have around, it's sad she's gone," says Parker of Paschall, who was an employee of Duke University for 24 years.

Another neighbor, who asked not to be named, says she heard the shots, but figured they were just fireworks. She is concerned about her granddaughter's safety.

"She likes to ride her bicycle around the yard and I wonder how safe that will be because it appears this was just a bullet, a stray bullet," she says.

Police say the suspects were also responsible for a drive-by shooting Wednesday night on Taylor Street. No one was injured in that incident.

The suspects are being held in the Durham County Jail without bond on the first-degree murder charges. Bond has been set at $100,000 for the charge of discharging a firearm into an unoccupied dwelling.