Accused NC killer tells paper he's ready to die

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GASTONIA, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man accused of killing a woman and dumping her body in South Carolina says that he is ready to die.

Danny Hembree Jr. told the Gaston Gazette (http://bit.ly/zd1mfe ) in a jailhouse interview Friday night that he feels guilty but has given his life to Lord.

Hembree's trial on charges that he killed 30-year-old Randi Dean Saldana in 2009 began earlier this month. Her burned body was found in Kings Mountain State Park, S.C.

Hembree was sentenced to die in November for killing 17-year-old Heather Catterton in 2009 and dumping her body near Clover, S.C.

Hembree also is charged in the 1992 killing of 30-year-old Deborah Denise Ratchford. No trial has been scheduled yet. Police say they tied Hembree to the death while investigating the more recent cases.

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Information from: The Gaston Gazette, http://www.gastongazette.com

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