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Clyde Bernard Valentine and wife shot dead 'by family member' amid sexual assault on a young relative claims
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PUBLISHED: 18:14 EST, 8 November 2012 | UPDATED: 18:23 EST, 8 November 2012
Dead: Clyde Bernard Valentine was due in court this week on child sex abuse charges
A former teacher and his wife who were found with their mouths taped shut and with gun shot wounds to the head may have been murdered by a family member, police said today.
The deaths of Clyde Bernard Valentine, 59, and his wife Ida Victoria Valentine, also 59, from Charlotte, are now being treated as homicides after it was first thought the wounds were self-inflicted.
Their bodies were found by their son Malcom last Thursday. Clyde Valentine was due in court this week on child sex abuse charges.
Police say Malcom provided gave them the firearm he had reportedly discovered inside the home, which they believe to be the murder weapon.
Malcom told officers that his girlfriend, Crystal Graves, went to the home on Swift Arrow Lane that afternoon around 2, but no one would come to the door, according to The Charlotte Observer.
It was when Malcom got his key that he made the grisly discovery. It is not clear if he is a person of interest in the case.
Valentine was a former teacher at Phillip O. Berry Academy until June this year when he was charged with three counts of indecent liberties with a child.
The victim in that case was a relative, not a student at the school, according to court documents.
He was scheduled to have a hearing in relation to the charges this week, which is why police originally thought they have been dealing with a murder suicide.
Scene: Investigators are now treating the deaths of a former CMS teacher and his wife as homicide after their bodies were discovered inside their home in Northwest Charlotte last Thursday
Sacked: Clyde Valentine was a former teacher at Phillip O. Berry Academy until June this year when he was charged with three counts of indecent liberties with a child
But they said today the presence of Duct tape on the former teacher's mouth made them turn it into a murder investigation.
Court records also show that Valentine feared for his life and recently took out a Domestic Violence Protective Order against a family member who allegedly came at him with a butcher knife and threatened him on several occasions.
It is believed this is connected to the sexual abuse charges.
Neighbors claimed to have heard gun shots earlier in the afternoon but said there had been no previous problems with the family.