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Retired Durham officer accused of murder dies

A former Durham police officer accused of stabbing his wife at their home last month died Friday, jail officials said Sunday.

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Tim Burns, Durham homicide suspect
DURHAM, N.C. — A former Durham police officer accused of stabbing his wife to death last month has died.

Durham County jail officials said Sunday that Timothy W. Burns, 51, died Friday at Rex Hospital in Raleigh.

Burns had been jailed on a first-degree murder charge at Central Prison in Raleigh for what officials said was "safe keeping" following the Nov. 8 death of Maxine Burns, 50.

She was found dead inside the couple's home at 2917 Cedarwood Drive in Durham. Police have not offered a motive for the crime.

Police said Timothy Burns had tried committing suicide after his wife's death and spent several days in a local hospital before he was taken to the Durham County Detention Facility.

"Mr. Burns had medical needs that were beyond our capability to provide, so he was sent to Central Prison," Deputy Paul Sherwin, a spokesman for the Durham County Sheriff's Office, said in a statement Monday.

Sherwin, however, could neither provide any information about what led to Timothy Burns being admitted to Rex nor comment on a cause of death.

Timothy Burns retired from the Durham Police Department in the late 1990s after about 15 years of service.


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