Suspect pleads not guilty in Woonsocket murder

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WOONSOCKET, R.I. (WPRI) — A Woonsocket man accused of fatally shooting another man in the city earlier this year faced a judge on Friday.

Claude Holland, 26, pleaded not guilty to charges including murder in the death of 40-year-old Christopher Archambault.

Archambault died in May, about four months after he was found suffering from a gunshot wound to the back near Elbow and East School Streets. He was initially paralyzed from the waist down and after he passed, the medical examiner determined his death was a result of complications from the gunshot wound.

Christopher Archambault

Earlier this month, Holland was indicted by a grand jury on charges of murder, discharging a firearm while committing a crime of violence resulting in death, carrying a pistol without a license, and possession of a firearm after a conviction of a crime of violence.

Woonsocket Police Chief Thomas Oates said investigators are still trying to figure out a motive for the shooting but noted that the two men knew each other through drugs.

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