MONROE, N.C. -- A former minor league hockey player has been indicted for first-degree murder in the shooting of a man found dead at a North Carolina auto body shop.
District Attorney John Snyder told The Charlotte Observer on Tuesday that he will announce whether he intends to seek the death penalty against 32-year-old Bogdan Rudenko in a few weeks.
Authorities say Rudenko knew the victim, 32-year-old Yuriy Anatolevich Kharitonov, but haven't given a motive for the killings. Both men were from Kazakhstan.
Officers responding to a break-in call at Alexis Automotive in Stallings on Dec. 20 found the victim in woods behind the shop.
Rudenko's lawyer declined to comment to the newspaper.
Rudenko played for the Charlotte Checkers and several other minor league hockey teams.
Information from: The Charlotte Observer
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