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Acampo couple in murder-suicide had stab wounds

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Posted: Thursday, March 3, 2011 3:40 pm | Updated: 7:37 am, Fri May 13, 2011.

The husband and wife who died in an apparent murder-suicide in Acampo on Wednesday night both had stab wounds when discovered by a family member, according to the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Department.

Deputy Les Garcia said both victims appeared to have wounds to their neck and upper body, and the husband was found clutching a folding knife in his right hand. Both victims were unresponsive and could not be revived by paramedics or deputies, Garcia said.

The incident occurred at a residence in the 19000 block of North Dustin Road. An unidentified family member discovered the bodies in a locked bedroom around 7:30 p.m. and called 911, Garcia said. A handgun was also found in the bedroom, according to the sheriff's department.

The house is surrounded by trees and sits several hundred feet from the road, down a long driveway protected by a wide swinging metal gate. Large horse corrals also separate the house from quiet Dustin Road, with a vineyard across the street.

Although their identities have not been revealed, Garcia said the man and woman were married for more than nine years, and were experiencing major marital problems. Additionally, the wife had recently asked for a divorce, Garcia said.

Contact reporter Fernando Gallo at fernando@lodinews.com.

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