Two of the three Bixbys connected to the 2003 shooting deaths of two Abbeville County law enforcement officers have died.
According to a posting on the website for Ricker Funeral Home, of Woodsville, N.H., Arthur W. Bixby, 82, died on Sept.5 in Columbia. The funeral home said Arthur died "following a lengthy illness." He had been committed to a mental institution for some time.
Meanwhile, Eighth Circuit Solicitor Jerry Peace confirmed Arthur's wife, Rita G. Bixby, 79, died Monday morning in prison. The solicitor said it was his understanding Rita died of natural causes.
Rita Bixby also is listed on the Ricker Funeral Home website - www.rickerfh.com. The Bixbys lived in New Hampshire before moving to South Carolina.
Arthur and Rita Bixby - along with their son, Steven Bixby - were connected to the Dec. 8, 2003 shooting deaths of Abbeville County Sheriff's Office Deputy Danny "Danny Boy" Wilson and Constable Donnie Ouzts.
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