Military Policeman May Face Death Penalty in Student's Death

COLUMBUS, Ga. -- A U.S. Air Force military policeman who was stationed in Alabama and charged with murder in the death of a Georgia Southern University student in 2003 may face the death penalty.

The U.S. Attorney's Office filed notice Thursday in Columbus, Georgia, seeking the death penalty against Michael Antonio Natson. He is charged in the death of 23-year-old Ardena Carter between September and December of 2003. Her body was found in the woods at Fort Benning, Georgia.

A grand jury indicted the 24-year-old Natson in June on charges of murder and feticide.

Hunters found her skeletal remains on a remote area of Fort Benning on December 16th, 2003.

Carter was last seen alive by friends who dropped her off at her home in Statesboro, Georgia, on September eleventh, 2003.

Natson, also from Statesboro, was on active duty at Fort Benning at the time of her death. He was discharged from the Army and joined the U.S. Air Force. He was assigned to Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, at the time he was charged in the death.

Ken Brown of the university's police department says evidence suggests that Carter and Natson were romantically involved at the time of the shooting.

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