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NC police ID victim; charge hockey player

STALLINGS, N.C. -- Police in North Carolina have identified a man killed last week and have charged a former Charlotte minor league hockey player with his death. The Charlotte Observer reported Tuesday that authorities identified 32-year-old Yuriy Anatolevich Kharutokov as the victim of a December 20 killing. Officials say Kharutokov is a Russian national from Kazakhstan. His body was found behind an auto body shop in Stallings, about 15 miles southeast of Charlotte. Former Charlotte Checkers hockey player Bogdan Rudenko was arrested after a four-hour Christmas Day standoff with police in Colorado Springs. The 32-year-old is awaiting extradition to North Carolina. Rudenko is a native of Kazakhstan and lives in Charlotte. He played right wing for the Checkers. Information from: The Charlotte Observer (Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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