Authorities: SC man kills wife, stabs himself to death

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GASTON, S.C. (AP) -- Authorities say a 63-year-old Gaston man suffocated his wife earlier in the week and repeatedly stabbed himself to commit suicide two nights later.

Lexington County Sheriff's Major John Allard said Friday a suicide note was found in the home of Clyde and Phyllis Miller. Allard says a motive for the killing was under investigation.

Deputies found Clyde Miller on a bed Thursday night bleeding from multiple stab wounds to his upper torso. A large knife was sticking out of his body. Miller was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Authorities found 61-year-old Phyllis Miller dead beside her husband, a blanket covering her body. Investigators say Clyde Miller suffocated his wife with a pillow Tuesday night.

The couple's 39-year-old daughter called authorities after she had not heard from her mother in a few days.

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