Judge: Charles McKinney Can Get Public Defender

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Charles McKinney (Photo: Fayetteville Police Department)

The Fayetteville man charged with killing his wife earlier this week had a court appearance Thursday morning.    

Charles McKinney, 23, had a hearing to determine whether he was eligible to be appointed a public defender.  He is accused of shooting his wife, 22-year-old Courtney McKinney, inside their apartment on Monday morning.

The judge ruled McKinney’s financial assets allow for him to get a public defender.  He could still hire an attorney on his own.

Investigators say Monday’s shooting followed some sort of domestic disturbance.    

Neighbors say after shots rang out, Charles McKinney ran out of the apartment holding a gun to his own head while carrying the couple’s toddler.  He handed the child to a neighbor and then another man tried to calm him down until police arrived.

Police arrested McKinney without incident.

The child was turned over to protective services.

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