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NC Man Faces Jan. Sentencing in Va. Slayings

This photo released Thursday, March 17, 2005,  by the California Department of Corrections shows Scott Peterson during the intake process at San Quentin Prison in San Quentin, Calif. Judge Alfred A. Delucchi on Wednesday accepted the jury's recommendation that Peterson be sentenced to death, calling the killing of Laci Peterson and her fetus

This photo released Thursday, March 17, 2005, by the California Department of Corrections shows Scott Peterson during the intake process at San Quentin Prison in San Quentin, Calif. Judge Alfred A. Delucchi on Wednesday accepted the jury's recommendation that Peterson be sentenced to death, calling the killing of Laci Peterson and her fetus "cruel, uncaring, heartless and callous." (AP Photo/California Department of Correction)

October 7, 2012

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) - A North Carolina man faces two potential life sentences in the fatal shootings of two people in Virginia.

Charles Collins is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 28, 2013.

Media outlets say the 45-year-old Pollocksville, N.C., resident pleaded guilty Friday in Chesapeake Circuit Court to two first-degree murder counts, four abduction counts and several weapons charges.

Deputy Public Defender A. Robinson Winn says his client accepted a plea agreement to avoid the death penalty.

Prosecutors say Collins fatally shot his ex-girlfriend's boyfriend, 40-year-old Michael Temple of Elizabeth City, N.C., and her son, 19-year-old Derwin Watts II of Chesapeake, on April 22.

A police SWAT team shot and wounded Collins during a standoff.


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