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Suspect in killing of Gastonia homeless man now facing murder charge

Donald Wallace (Source: Gaston County Sheriff's Office) Donald Wallace (Source: Gaston County Sheriff's Office)
Fletcher Campbell (Source: Gastonia Police Department) Fletcher Campbell (Source: Gastonia Police Department)
GASTON COUNTY, NC (WBTV) -

The man accused of killing a homeless person in Gastonia is now facing a second-degree murder charge, according to officials with the Gastonia Police Department.

Authorities say 78-year-old Fletcher Campbell died more than two months after he was severely beaten with a cinder block. He was in hospice care when he died.

19-year-old Donald Wallace was originally charged with attempted first-degree murder after the July 6 beating. That charge was upgraded to second-degree murder when Campbell died.

Wallace is currently being held in the Gaston County Jail under a $500,000 secured bond.

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