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AWOL soldier charged in friend's shooting death

Mar. 1, 2011 - 05:47AM   |   Last Updated: Mar. 1, 2011 - 05:47AM  |  
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SANTA ANA, Calif. Authorities say an AWOL soldier has been charged with killing his friend and wounding his father and another man in a shooting in a Southern California hotel.

The Orange County District Attorney's office said 23-year-old Spc. Steven LeClaire was charged Monday with one count of murder and two counts of attempted murder.

Prosecutors say LeClaire was drinking with his father and two friends in a Cypress hotel room last Thursday when he pulled out a gun and fired several times, killing 24-year-old Marques Murray.

Prosecutors say LeClaire then walked out of the room and surrendered to a hotel manager.

LeClaire, who is accused of going AWOL from the Army, is being held on $1 million bail.

Lee Gabriel, an attorney with the Public Defender's office, declined comment.

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