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Feb 21, 2012 8:55 AM by AP

Reward in slayings, robbery of gold coins

GONZALES, La. (AP) - Crime Stoppers is offering a $5,000 reward for information in a case in which home invaders slit the throats of a couple in their 70s and the woman's 50-year-old son, killing both men and leaving the woman critically injured.
The Advocate says the reward is for information that leads to an arrest and conviction. Deputies were sent to the house late Saturday because relatives had been unable to reach the family by phone, and broke in when nobody answered the door.
They found Shirley Marchand, 72, still alive and the bodies of her son, Douglas Dooley, and husband, Robert Irwin Marchand.
Their throats had been cut and they appeared to have been bludgeoned.
Authorities say a coin collection worth $500,000 was like the motive in the robbery and attack.

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