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Man waives right to cause hearing

HILLSBOROUGH — Andrew Douglas Dalzell waived his right to a probable cause hearing that was scheduled to be held Thursday in Orange County District Court.

Dalzell is charged with second-degree murder in the Dec. 1, 1997 death of Deborah Leigh Key, who disappeared after she was last seen with Dalzell in a parking lot in downtown Carrboro. Dalzell is also facing charges of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, obtaining property by false pretense, financial identity fraud, larceny by employee and possession of stolen goods.

During a probable cause hearing, evidence against a defendant is presented to a district court judge, who decides whether the evidence is strong enough for the defendant to stand trial in superior court.

The Orange County District Attorney’s office intends to present the case against Dalzell to a grand jury on Nov. 8 for indictment.


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