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.