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Soldier charged in slaying on Fort Bragg

Posted May 18, 2010 1:05 p.m. EDT

— An 82nd Airborne Division soldier was charged Tuesday in a homicide on Fort Bragg last week, authorities said.

Spc. Eric A. Mead, 26, of Detroit, was charged with premeditated murder, attempted premeditated murder and violation of an order.

Mead's brother-in-law, Stephen Harris, was killed May 9 inside Mead's home in the Casablanca housing area on post, authorities said. Mead's wife was injured in the incident, and she was in stable condition Tuesday at Womack Army Medical Center.

Mead was apprehended a short time later by Fort Bragg military police near an access control point on post.

No other details about the incident were released.

The day before the slaying, Mead's unit commander ordered him to stay away from his wife because of previous verbal altercations, authorities said.

Mead, who is being held in pretrial confinement at Camp Lejeune, is an indirect-fire infantryman assigned to 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team.

He joined the Army in June 2002 and was deployed to Afghanistan in 2005 and to Iraq in 2006.