Former Durham police officer charged with wife's death

The ex-cop is accused of stabbing his wife to death and then attempting to kill himself.
November 13, 2013 9:25:51 AM PST
Durham police say a woman was stabbed to death at a home in the 2900 block of Cedarwood Drive Friday evening.

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It happened around 6:15 p.m. When officers arrived, they found the body of 50-year-old Maxine Burns.

Investigators have taken out a warrant charging her husband Timothy W. Burns, 51, with murder.

Burns was taken to the hospital Friday night after attempting to kill himself. He was released from the hospital Tuesday and taken to the Durham County Jail.

Burns served on the Durham police force for several years. He left the department in the 1990s.

Fellow officers say Burns focused on drug and gang prevention while helping youth in troubled neighborhoods, but a severe injury from a car wreck forced him to give up police work for good. Friends say Burns still grappled with his injuries years later.

ABC11 spoke with a neighbor who grew up directly across the street from the home where Burn's body was found. She said a couple lives there and they have two adult children, one that is in his first year of college.

Eyewitness News has learned the Burns' daughter made the desperate 911 call for help, saying she had been knocking on her parents' door and got no answer.

Many neighbors, who were watching as police investigated, wondered why this happened. The couple's next-door neighbor told ABC11 she never really saw any problems between the two and they got along great.

"It's not very comforting. I don't like it. You know, you see families and you're like 'Oh okay,'" said neighbor Simone Parker. "So when stuff like this happens, you want to know."

Burns motive is still unclear. The investigation is ongoing.

Burns remains in jail under no bond after a judge refused to set a bond amount during his first court appearance Wednesday.

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