RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina's attorney general says 122 murders in 2012 were the result of domestic violence, a 15 percent increase from the year before.
Attorney General Roy Cooper said Tuesday that 106 murders were attributed to domestic violence in 2011. Of the victims in 2012, 78 were women and 44 were men. Of the killers, 104 were men and 18 were women.
Wake County, the state's second-most populous county, reported 11 domestic violence murders, the most in the state. Mecklenburg County, the state's most populous, was second with eight, followed by Guilford County, the third most populous county, with six.
Robeson County has less than a third of Guilford's population and had five domestic violence murders.
Law enforcement agencies must report domestic violence-related murders yearly to the State Bureau of Investigation.