Murder-suicide suspected in Buncombe deaths
(Asheville Citizen-Times) C.J. and Hilda Cody were known to their family and friends as a loving and happy couple who were looking forward to spending Christmas with their children and grandchildren.But detectives investigating their shooting deaths believe the evidence shows they appear to be victims of a murder-suicide at their home, according to the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office. The slayings add to an unusually high county homicide rate this year. A man and a woman were found dead Wednesday in the Erwin community in what investigators believe was a murder-suicide. That same day, a man in south Buncombe was charged with murder after the body of his wife was found in their home. Not counting the deaths of the Codys, the recent slayings brought the homicide tally to a dozen in the county this year, half of them in the past five weeks. Buncombe had just four homicides in 2012 and three the previous year, according to the N.C. Department of Justice. Sheriff Van Duncan said the short time-frame between the recent killings has strained his investigators.
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