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4:06 pm
Wed January 20, 2010

Holloman Airman Accused In Murder

Alamogordo – A 21-year-old airman stationed at Holloman Air Force Base has been accused of fatally shooting his 23-year-old roommate and fellow airman.

Erik M. Wilhelm is being held in the Otero County Detention Center on an open count of murder in the death of Airman Sean McGinnis of Wichita Falls, Texas.

McGinnis was shot Sunday night at the apartment the two shared.

District Attorney Diana Martwick says Alamogordo police officers found McGinnis unconscious when they responded to a call to the apartment.

He was taken to the Alamogordo hospital, where he was pronounced dead about 11:10 p.m. Sunday.

According to magistrate court records, Wilhelm told police McGinnis took Wilhelm's handgun away from him, then shot himself.

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Information from: Alamogordo Daily News, http://www.alamogordonews.com

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