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Mar 30, 2012 10:01 AM by AP

Man indicted on murder charge in wife's death

ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - A 44-year-old Woodworth man has been indicted on a second-degree murder charge by a Rapides Parish grand jury in the October 2011 death of his wife.

Donald Pickney, originally was charged in a bill of information with manslaughter, which carries a maximum prison sentence of 40 years.

Rapides Parish prosecutor Rocky Willson said Thursday that if Pickney is convicted on the murder charge, he faces life in prison.

The Town Talk reports 33-year-old Chanda Pickney was pronounced dead Oct. 29 at Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital, where the staff suspected foul play and called Rapides Parish sheriff's investigators. Donald Pickney was arrested later that morning.

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