Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Murder-Suicide Victims Both 85, Married 6 Decades; ST. JOHNS COUNTY Incident Is the Second Involving an Elderly Couple in Three Weeks

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Murder-Suicide Victims Both 85, Married 6 Decades; ST. JOHNS COUNTY Incident Is the Second Involving an Elderly Couple in Three Weeks

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Byline: MATT GALNOR

An elderly St. Augustine couple, married for more than 60 years, died in a murder-suicide late Thursday evening.

Richard Plumb McCarthy and his wife, Lillian Martha McCarthy, both 85, were found dead in the Southwood at Belle Haven subdivision, according to the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office.

Richard McCarthy called authorities at 11:35 p.m. and said he'd shot his wife inside the home and was going outside to kill himself.

A neighbor said the McCarthys were a loving, devoted couple and that Richard McCarthy, who went by Dick, did not seem like anyone who would intentionally harm his wife.

Lillian McCarthy had been having heart problems and was in ill health, said Virginia Johnson, who has lived across the street from the McCarthys for five years.

When the McCarthys would return from an outing, Dick would park the car and walk over to Lillian's side, Johnson said. She'd hold his arm and he'd walk her into their home. …

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