Police: Former CMS teacher, wife were murdered

Police: Former CMS teacher, wife were murdered



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Posted on November 8, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 8 at 1:40 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Investigators are now treating the deaths of a former CMS teacher and his wife as homicide after their bodies were discovered inside their home in Northwest Charlotte last Thursday. 

Official documents obtained by NBC Charlotte say 59-year-old Clyde Bernard Valentine's mouth was taped shut when officers found his body alongside his wife, both suffering fatal gunshot wounds to the head.

Clyde and his wife, Ida Victoria Valentine, 59, were pronounced dead on the scene in the 6400 block of Swift Arrow Lane by the responding officer.

According to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, officers met with Malcom Valentine, the caller who reported the crime, once they arrived on scene. They say Malcom provided them a firearm he had reportedly discovered inside the home. 

Malcom told officer that his girlfriend, Crystal Graves, went to the home on Swift Arrow Lane that afternoon around 2, but was unable to get in, saying no one would come to the door. Malcom retrieved his key, and he and Graves returned to the residence. That's when Malcom says he and Graves discovered the bodies of his parents. 

(Click here to see photos from the scene)

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.

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. He was also scheduled to have a hearing this week in the indecent liberties with a child case. 

Clyde Valentine had a troubled past

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.