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Wake Forest police: Woman's death a murder

Posted May 17, 2012 12:47 p.m. EDT
Updated May 17, 2012 5:17 p.m. EDT

— 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.