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Nursing Home Slaying Suspect Took Pills

Nursing Home Slaying Suspect Took Pills

United Press International

April 10, 2009

CARTHAGE, N.C., April 7 (UPI) — A man accused of shooting eight people to death in a North Carolina nursing home says he doesn’t remember the slayings, documents indicate.

Search warrants made public in connection with the arrest of Robert Stewart, 45, of Moore County, Stewart allegedly told a nurse after shootings that he taken six “nerve pills” before the March 29 massacre and couldn’t remember what happened, the Raleigh (N.C.) News & Observer reported Tuesday.

Authorities say Stewart, 45, walked into Pinelake Health and Rehab in Carthage, N.C., and killed seven residents and a nurse while his estranged wife, a nursing assistant who worked there, was on duty but hiding in an Alzheimer’s patients ward. A police officer ended the slayings by shooting and injuring Stewart, the newspaper said.

In the warrants, police said they had collected nine guns from Stewart’s house as well as a .22-caliber rifle that they found on top of a vehicle in the nursing home’s parking lot. Other warrants indicate that police believe Stewart drove the Jeep to the nursing home, the report said.

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