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Chippewa Falls sailor charged with murder

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A sailor from Chippewa Falls is charged with second-degree murder in what he calls the accidental shooting death of his girlfriend in Virginia.

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Darren Mackie, 22, told authorities he was playing with his weapon in his apartment in Newport News last Thursday and he didn't realize it was loaded when he walked up behind Caitlin Trask, 20, and shot her in the head.

Prosecutors said Mackie called 911 soon afterward. He's stationed aboard the USS Kearsarge, which is based in Norfolk, Va.

Trask, who's from Massachusetts, was stationed on aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower in Norfolk.

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