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GASTONIA, N.C. (AP) — A hearing is set in Gastonia that could determine if a man faces a possible death sentence in the killing of his roommate.

Brian Scott Hord of Gastonia is charged with first-degree murder in the death and dismemberment of 68-year-old Richard Lee Gentry.

Hood is also charged with financial card theft in the August 27 death of his roommate, who used a wheelchair.

A judge will decide if Hord’s case qualifies as a death-penalty case. The decision could come at Monday’s hearing.

Hord’s lawyer, Victoria Jayne, has requested her client’s mental health records before the hearing.

Police say Hord beat his roommate to death and then dismembered him in an attempt to hide the body.

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