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84-year-old North Carolina man cleared in wife’s death

CHARLOTTE (AP) An 84-year-old North Carolina man with dementia has been cleared in his wife’s shooting death more than two years ago.

The Charlotte Observer reported a judge dropped charges Thursday against Jim Norris, after two medical experts said he would never be able to stand trial.

Prosecutors say Norris shot and killed 79-year-old Charlene Norris in 2016 as part of a murder-suicide pact.

His wife of 33 years also suffered from dementia and had a series of chronic physical ailments. She was shot in the chest as she lay in her bed. A handgun was found beside her. Police found two suicide notes indicating the couple had agreed to a suicide pact.

Charlene Norris’ grandson, David Plank, said Jim Norris did not shoot himself, saying he “just wasn’t ready to go.”

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