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The story of a murdered Latrobe-area doctor, Andrew Bagby, will be one of the subjects featured on Friday's episode of NBC "Dateline."

The two-hour program, which will begin at 9 p.m., will feature the Bagby story for one hour beginning at 10 p.m., network spokeswoman Jenny Tartikoff said Wednesday.

In 2001, Bagby, a 28-year-old physician at Latrobe Area Hospital, was shot to death by his former lover, Shirley Turner.

Turner, a Canadian citizen, fled to St. John's, Newfoundland, after state police charged her. She fought extradition to Westmoreland County and a possible sentence of life in prison.

In 2002, Turner gave birth to Bagby's son, Zachary Andrew Turner. Turner remained free on bail as she fought extradition.

On Aug. 17, 2003, with 13-month-old Zachary in her arms, Turner jumped off a wharf into the Atlantic Ocean, drowning them both.

A film titled "Dear Zachary -- A Letter To A Son About His Father," examines Turner's prosecution in Canada and the grief of Bagby's parents, David and Kathleen Bagby, who for a time lived in St. John's to try to gain custody of Zachary before the murder-suicide.

"'Dateline' will finally carry our story; they interviewed us in January of last year," David Bagby said.

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