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Chapel Hill shooting suspect indicted

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Posted at 5:40 PM, Feb 16, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-16 17:45:30-05

(CNN) — A grand jury has indicted the man accused of killing three Muslim students in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Craig Hicks, 46, was indicted on three counts of first-degree murder, according to the Durham County Clerk’s office. He was also charged with discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling.

Police said “an ongoing neighbor dispute over parking” might have been a factor in last week’s shootings but also said they weren’t dismissing the possibility of a hate crime.

On what is believed to be Hicks’ Facebook page, numerous posts rail against religion. The victims’ family members have called on authorities to investigate the slayings as a hate crime.

The FBI is looking into that possibility.

Hicks is expected to make his first appearance after the grand jury indictment in Superior Court the first week of March.