Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Murders in 'Mayberry'

Where's Sheriff Andy Taylor when he's needed?

Ex-con charged in 4 fatal shootings in 'Mayberry'

MOUNT AIRY, N.C. (AP) -- A soured love affair may have led an ex-convict to gun down four men in the town that inspired the idyllic community of Mayberry on the 1960s TV series "The Andy Griffith Show," police said Monday.

Marcos Chavez Gonzalez, 29, was charged with four counts of murder in the slayings late Sunday outside a television store in Mount Airy, about 100 miles north of Charlotte.

The four were shot with a high-powered assault rifle outside Wood's TV, in the shadow of a water tower that says "Welcome to Mount Airy" and has a picture of Griffith and Opie, his son on the show.

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