Feds Indict Man Charged In 2008 'Scaring' Death

A man facing state charges of scaring a North Carolina woman to death while fleeing after a bank robbery attempt is facing federal charges related to the case.

Larry Whitfield faces several charges related to the attempted bank robbery and one in the death of 79-year-old Mary Parnell last year.

Police say Whitfield and another man went to a Gastonia credit union armed with semi-automatic weapons on Sept. 26, but were locked out by the bank's security doors. They drove off, but crashed a few miles away.

Police say Whitfield forced his way into Parnell's home. He told authorities he made her sit in a chair in her bedroom. She died of a heart attack, which an autopsy says was from the shock of the home invasion.

Whitfield faces up to life in prison if convicted of the charges.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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