Merced Murder-Suicide

February 11, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
The Merced County Coroner's Office has ruled the shooting deaths of a North Valley couple a murder-suicide.Investigators said when they arrived at the home on Le Grand Road near Plainsburg Road they found a man and a woman on the kitchen floor.

Investigators now claim it appears 67-year-old Charles Dixon shot his 67-year-old wife Mary Dixon, and then shot himself.

Family friends said Mary Dixon once served as a Plainsburg school board member and Charlie Dixon worked for Merced County Waste Management before he retired.

Both grew up in Plainsburg and were widely known in the small community.

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