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Macon man accused of killing his wife dies in hospital

A Macon man who was accused of killing his wife and attempted to kill himself two years ago died Tuesday afternoon at The Medical Center of Central Georgia.

James Wilbur Mullis, 71, died at about 1:30 p.m. as a result of a long illness, Bibb County sheriff’s officials said in a news release.

Mullis was in the Bibb County jail waiting for a February court appearance after he was charged with killing his wife, Betty Mullis, who was found shot to death Jan. 5, 2009.

At that time, deputies were dispatched to the family’s home on Marion Road. Betty Mullis was found dead with a gunshot to her head, while James Mullis was still alive after an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head.

Before shooting himself, Mullis had gone to a neighbor’s house, asking someone to call 911. He then returned home and apparently shot himself.

Posted on Tue, Jan. 25, 2011

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