79-year-old NC military vet formally charged with killing wife, daughter

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SPRING LAKE, NC – A 79-year-old retired U.S. Army man shot his elderly wife and daughter to death, then called police, authorities said.

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Police said Bobby King shot and killed his 84-year-old wife, Dorothy King, and 54-year-old daughter, Cynthia King, Thursday morning. He then called police at approximately 8:45 a.m. to admit what he had done. Police said that King did not say why he did it or what led up to the shooting.

The two women were later pronounced dead at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center.

King has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder, officials confirmed.

A 9mm handgun seized from the home appears to be the weapon used during the shooting, police say.

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      Bobby King

He is expected to be in court tomorrow afternoon.

While King did not have a criminal record, this was not the first time police had responded to the home at 1011 Diane Circle in Spring Lake in the past few years for domestic-related incidents, police said.

“We have received some additional information from the family about domestic-related calls, situations at the home, the father making accusations that property was taken away from him,” said Spring Lake Police Chief Troy McDuffie.

Family members told CBS North Carolina that Cynthia King had just moved into the home with her parents to help care for them. The family had lived in the neighborhood for nearly 50 years.

A family member said Bobby King suffered from depression and dementia.

“He takes his meds,” said Karen Evans, who is the granddaughter and niece of the dead woman. “We make sure he had things he needs.”

McDuffie said this was a “very sad day” in Spring Lake and that his “heart goes out to family members.”

“Although he suffered from depression and dementia, he’ll always be remembered as a good grandfather,” Evans said.

Evans also recalled the two victims with love.

“My grandma was the best grandma ever,” Evans said. “My aunt wanted to always be there for family.”

Dorothy King was a long-time member of Behtel AME Zion Church and had served in various ministries for decades, church members said.

Joan Blondell Houston said she was “glad to see her when she came to church because she always praised the lord.”

Evans said her grandmother’s and aunt’s faith is a comfort to her.

“I take some comfort in knowing they were believers of Jesus Christ,” she said. “They’re at a better place.”

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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