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Doctor's Hospital Shooting update: DA won't seek death penalty

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A man accused of killing three people at Doctors Hospital on March 27, 2008 may not receive the maximum punishment of death.

Muscogee District Attorney Julia Slater says 64-year-old Charles Johnston will not be eligible for parole until he is 94.

Slater tells News Leader 9 that seeking the death penalty will not be in her office's best interest. 

Johnston is accused of the shooting deaths of 44-year-old registered nurse -- Peter Wright, 44-year-old Leslie Harris -- an employee, and 76-year-old James Baker -- a civilian. 

Last March, Johnston walked inside Doctors Hospital armed with three guns, and allegedly holding a grudge against a nurse he believed was responsible for the 2004 death of his mother.

Police say he went to the fifth-floor intensive care unit specifically looking for Pete.  Apparently, Johnston overheard someone calling the nurse's name, and then he followed Pete to an unoccupied room.

Wright though, was not the nurse who had cared for his mother.

Previous stories:
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Doctors Hospital Shooting: Victims names released
Hospital Shooting: Officials still in shock
Details About The Alleged Gunman Charles Johnston: Who Is He?
Alleged Doctor's Hospital Gunman Indicted
Doctors Hospital shooting suspect pleads 'Not guilty.'
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Information Released About The Weapons Used in Doctor's Hospital Shooting

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