Records: Slain teacher 'feared for his life'

Records: Slain teacher 'feared for his life'


by Staff

Posted on November 1, 2012 at 4:20 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 25 at 11:48 PM

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte-Mecklenburg police investigators are trying to determine what happened to a man and his wife who were found dead Thursday afternoon in their home on Swift Arrow Lane.

Police said it started with a call to 911 shortly before 4 p.m.

"The caller said he had come to this house and found his parents inside deceased," CMPD Captain Gregg Collins told NBC Charlotte.

The victims were identified Friday morning as Clyde Valentine, 59, and Ida Valentine, 59.

Clyde Valentine was a former teacher at Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology until June of this year when he was charged with three counts of indecent liberties with a child. The victim in that case was a relative, not a student.

Valentine was officially terminated from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools on October 30.

Investigators would not comment on if that investigation was related to the deaths, but did confirm, however, that Valentine was scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing next week.

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Neighbors claimed to have heard gun shots earlier in the afternoon.

"I never have seen problems there before," said neighbor Vernard Strewalt, who was walking his dog past the house police had roped off with crime scene tape.

Police said they had had no recent reports of trouble of any kind at the house.

"No recent calls for service involving the police at all for the past several months," said Capt. Collins.

Neighbors said Swift Arrow was a quiet street where most everyone knew everyone else, but some said they knew very little about what went on inside the house where the two bodies were found.

"I've seen cars there but didn't know if anybody lived there or not," said Strewalt.


59-year-old Clyde Valentine was a teacher at Philip O Berry for many years. His career hit the rocks when he was arrested in June on child sex abuse charges.

Those charges are a part of an unusual murder investigation. On Thursday, Valentine and his 59-year-old ex-wife Victoria were found shot to death inside their Swift Arrow Road home.

Their son discovered the bodies around 3:45 Thursday afternoon.

Sources say the injuries might have been self inflicted, but court records show that Valentine feared for his life.

The 59-year-old took out a Domestic Violence Protective Order against a family member who allegedly came at him with a butcher knife and threatened him on several occasions.

The Valentines divorced in 2004, but remained close. Sources say that when they started their Child Sex Abuse Investigation she was very protective of him.

The victim in that case was a family member not a student. Valentine was not allowed in the classroom this year. School Officials say he was suspended without pay before he was fired.