Coroner releases identity of victims in apparent murder-suicide

DORCHESTER, S.C. (WBCD ) — The Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office is investigating following an apparent murder-suicide.

Authorities say just after 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 17, a 911 call was received by the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office reporting a verbal altercation between a husband and wife at a home in the 2100 block of Highway 15 North.

We’re told when officers arrived they found James Weaver, 72, of Covington, GA and Melanie Weaver, 61, of Harleyville. The coroner’s office tells us James Weaver died as a result of a gunshot wound. Melanie Weaver died from multiple gunshot wounds.

Autopsies have been scheduled for April 18.

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