UPDATE: Murder Suicide Was Planned in Advance

The couple had a planned agreement for a joint suicide if one couldn't take care of the other, police say.

Campbell Police Report, from Sgt. Gary Berg:

On November 30, 2013, at approximately 2:29 PM, the Campbell Police Department responded to 245 Union Avenue on a report of two subjects suffering gunshot wounds.  Upon officers’ arrival, it was determined that Annie Andrews (92 years old of Campbell) and her husband, Paul Andrews (89 years of Campbell) were deceased.


Through their investigation, Detectives determined that there had been an existing agreement between Paul Andrews and his wife that if one was unable to take care of the other, they would take their own lives.  It appears that Annie Andrews’ health had been declining in the weeks leading up to November 30, 2013.  Based upon the statements of family and neighbors, the crime scene, and the autopsy, it appears that the murder-suicide was a pre-planned event based upon the agreement between Mr. and Mrs. Andrews.


While the investigation remains active, at this time, the Campbell Police Department does not believe that there was anyone else involved other than Mr. and Mrs. Andrews.



Bay City News

An apparent murder-suicide of an elderly couple in an apartment in Campbell on Saturday was likely based on medical issues involving at least one of the victims, a police spokesman said today.

At about 2:30 p.m. Saturday, police received a call from a member of the couple's family who reported finding the man and woman dead in their apartment at 245 Union Ave. in Campbell, Sgt. Gary Berg said.

The 89-year-old man and 92-year-old woman had both died from bullet wounds, Berg said.

 "It appears that it was a murder-suicide with gunshots," Berg said. "We're coordinating with the coroner's office. The autopsies are going on today."

Investigators are waiting for results from the autopsies, but the motive for the incident was probably "based on medical issues," Berg said.

"There were some medical conditions going on," Berg said. "There doesn't appear to be any struggle involved."

A spokeswoman for the Santa Clara County medical examiner's office said today the identities of the man and the woman had not yet been confirmed.


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