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Police Arrest Suspect in Fatal Aberdeen Shooting

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ABERDEEN — Investigators arrested a suspect in the Friday's fatal shooting of a woman at an Aberdeen factory.

Joseph Francis Alexander, 52, was arrested Saturday morning in a wooded area near the border of Richmond and Moore counties. A North Carolina Wildlife Enforcement Officer took Alexander into custody without incident.

Officers say Alexander shot his ex-girlfriend, Marilyn Jane Oxford, 46, in the chest and hands at the Intek plant on Anderson Street in Aberdeen shortly before 2 p.m. Friday. She died later at Moore Regional Hospital.

Oxford and Alexander were both longtime employees of the plant, which makes furniture fabric.

Twelve days before her death, Oxford won a court order that required her ex-boyfriend to stay at least 1,000 feet away from her. The protective order did not apply at work because they worked the same shift. From staff and wire reports


Brian Shrader, Web Editor

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