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NC man charged in beating death of landlord

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OGDEN, N.C. — Authorities say a North Carolina man has been charged with killing his landlord.

The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office said in a release Friday that 55-year-old Dennis Benjamin Roy of Ogden is charged with murder in the death of 68-year-old Carmine Anthony Bruno.

Officers say Bruno was struck repeatedly with a baseball bat while he slept Tuesday. His body was found Thursday in a garage.

They say Bruno’s wife, Mary, was ordered to her room and given a drug that kept her incoherent for two days. Authorities responded after she called her brother, who called 911.

Officers say Roy, a tenant, was upset Carmine Bruno had been verbally abusive to his wife in the past.

Roy is in New Hanover County jail. It wasn’t clear if he had an attorney.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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