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Wake Forest police: Woman's death a murder

Posted May 17, 2012

— Wake Forest police are investigating the shooting death of a woman on Mother's Day as a murder, according to search warrants in the case.

Police found Jo Dean Timberlake dead of a gunshot wound inside her home at 812 Durham Road around 5 p.m. Sunday. Her son, Ricky Arlen Timberlake, 63, was in the home and was unresponsive, police said. 

In applying for a search warrant, police noted that Ricky Timberlake showed "obvious signs of an attempted suicide by overdose." He was taken to WakeMed, where he was in fair condition Tuesday.

Neighbors said that Ricky Timberlake lived with and took care of his mother. She was in failing health, was diabetic and had fallen a couple times, they said.

Biven Andersen, who lives next door, said Jo Timberlake meant the world to her son, and that they never argued.

"I can't imagine anybody being overburdened like a caretaker is, and he was her only one," Andersen said.

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  • sunshine1040 May 17, 6:26 p.m.

    Maybe he was keeping a promise to his Mom

  • common_sense_plz May 17, 6:04 p.m.

    I am wondering if maybe he had gotten bad news regarding his health and knew that she may outlive him and could not bare the fact that his mother would end up in a nursing facility.

    It is just so sad, and am praying for family, friends, and their neighbors who seem to have been pretty close to the family.

  • Mr. Middle of the Road May 17, 5:07 p.m.

    I think either an assisted suicide or just a totally overloaded caregiver. Its very understandable. And very sad.

  • Ambygirl May 17, 3:10 p.m.

    Scubagirl I can't imagine doing this daily either. I know I will have to at some point as my mom is getting on up in age. And I know it won't be easy. I admire people like you that have the training to know how to care for the elderly. It's a truly hard, hard job. I just hate this man felt he had no other way out if he took her life. Prayers to all the family and to this man as well.

  • Scubagirl May 17, 1:41 p.m.

    Such a sad story. Sounds like he took the only way out he saw as viable.
    Condolences to the rest of the family who cared for them. Being a 24/7 caregiver is a daunting job and many cannot do it....I'm not so sure I could and I have the training for it.