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Man suspected of killing mom, stepdad could face death penalty

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The man charged with murdering his mother and her husband in their Ogden home may face the death penalty. Gerard Altman was taken into custody at a Wilmington Apartment complex Thursday, where he had been staying with friends. Altman appeared in a New Hanover County court Friday, and was denied bond. He's been charged with murdering his mother, Laura Gallagher and her husband James in their Ogden home. Preliminary autopsies indicate Mr. & Mrs. Gallagher died from blunt force trauma. Detectives anticipate more information from the autopsy to be released next week. Prosecutors say a committee will meet within the next few weeks to decide whether to pursue the death penalty. Altman's next court appearance is February 26th.

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