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Rock Hill Couple Dead In Apparent Murder-Suicide

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File photo of crime scene tape. (Photo by: John Li/Getty Images)

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ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) — A Rock Hill couple has been found shot to death at their home and the York County coroner says it appears to have been a murder suicide.

Coroner Sabrina Gast said 91-year-old James Martin and 81-year-old Mary Jean Martin were pronounced dead Monday morning.

Authorities think James Martin shot his wife and then himself. Gast says he left a note asking that certain family members be notified.

The coroner said both victims had been suffering health problems.

Gast says autopsies Tuesday confirmed both died from gunshot wounds.

Police spokesman Mark Bollinger says officers were called after a caregiver found the couple. Bollinger says there is no indication anyone else was involved in the shooting.

Mary Martin was a former chair of the Winthrop University Board of Trustees.

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