Man with dementia charged in shooting of wife, daughter

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SPRING LAKE, N.C. (AP) — Police have charged a 79-year-old North Carolina man who they say suffers from dementia with first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of his wife and daughter.

Spring Lake Police Chief Troy McDuffie tells local news outlets that Bobby King has been charged in the shootings of 84-year-old Dorothy King and 55-year-old Cynthia King.

The shootings happened Thursday morning in the family’s home in Spring Lake near Fort Bragg. The victims were taken to a hospital where they later died.

McDuffie said the suspect suffers from dementia, a brain disorder that can affect an individual’s personality.

Bobby King is in custody. It is not known if he has an attorney. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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