DA seeks death for NC man accused of slaying 3

GASTONIA, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina man charged with killing three women and dumping two victims' bodies in the South Carolina woods last fall will face the death penalty if convicted.

The Gaston Gazette reported Wednesday that prosecutors announced their intentions at a hearing for 47-year-old Danny Robbie Hembree Jr.

Superior Court Judge Timothy Patti appointed Hembree a second defense attorney.

Hembree is accused of killing 17-year-old Heather Catterton and 30-year-old Randi Dean Saldana. Catterton's body was found in October near Clover, S.C. Saldana's burned remains were found in November near Blacksburg, S.C.

Police say they also found evidence that Hembree killed Deborah Ratchford in 1992.

Police say Hembree knew all three women.

Information from: The Gaston Gazette, http://www.gastongazette.com

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