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Number of domestic violence murders declines in NC

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- North Carolina's attorney general says the number of domestic violence murders in the state dropped by 14 in 2013, to 108.

Attorney General Roy Cooper says Guilford County reported 11 domestic violence murders last year, the highest in the state, followed by Mecklenburg County with nine. Wake and Buncombe counties each reported eight domestic violence murders, while Durham County reported six and Harnett County had five.

Sixty-two victims were female and 46 were male. The murders committed by 88 men and 27 women.

Cooper says in a news release that five of the victims had taken out protective orders, and three of those were current when the victims were murdered. One offender was reported to be on pretrial release for a domestic violence crime when the victim was killed.

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