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Police Arrest Man In Deaths Of Mother, Stepfather

Police say a North Carolina man accused of killing his mother and stepfather has been taken into custody.

New Hanover County Sheriff's Deputy Charles Smith said that 33-year-old Gerard Edward Altman of Wilmington was arrested without
incident Thursday afternoon at a local apartment complex. He's charged with two counts of first-degree murder.

Police found Laura and James Gallagher dead in their home Wednesday morning after someone called 911 after the couple had not
been heard from for several days. Officials won't say how 58-year-old Laura Gallagher and 70-year-old James Gallagher were killed.

Smith said it was unknown when the couple was killed. Laura
Gallagher is Altman's biological mother.


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