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3 charged in woman’s shooting death near NC casino

CHEROKEE, N.C. (AP) – A Cherokee man is among three people arrested in the shooting death of a woman during an armed robbery in a motel parking lot across from Harrah’s Cherokee Casino.

Chief Ben Reed of the Cherokee Indian Police Department said 36-year-old George Nobles is charged with first-degree murder, armed robbery and two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon.

Reed said 76-year-old Barbara Preidt of Shelbyville, Ind., was shot and killed on Sept. 30. The couple had just returned to the motel and was getting out of their car when a masked gunman approached them and grabbed the woman’s purse. The chief said Preidt struggled to hang onto the purse before the robber fired a handgun at close range.

Reed said federal charges are pending against the three.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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