Married couple in apparent murder-suicide identified

Woman was caregiver for husband
Posted at 3:47 PM, Feb 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-02 19:44:57-05

Update (Feb. 2, 2017; 4:35 p.m.): San Diego Police identified Thursday the couple of an apparent murder-suicide at a San Carlos home the previous day.

The couple was identified as James and Candace Smith.

The two had been married for the past 29 years.

Police said about 26 years ago, James suffered a traumatic brain injury as the result of a car accident and has required full-time care since. Candace was her husband's care provider.

The initial police investigation indicated that James' condition had worsened and authorities said they believe Candace shot her husband before taking her own life.


SAN DIEGO —  A married couple was found dead Wednesday morning inside their San Carlos home of apparent gunshot wounds. 

At around 10:25 a.m. this morning, officers responded to a neighbor's concern that the couple who resided in a Bell Bluff Avenue home had not been seen for some time. 

After forcing entry into the home, police found the bodies of a 68-year-old white male and a 69-year-old white female. Police said the woman was a caregiver for her husband. 

Homicide investigators are at the scene and the deaths are being investigated as a murder-suicide, authorities said.

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Sandy Coronilla is a KGTV digital producer. Follow her @10NewsSandy