Saturday, July 25, 2009
Winnsboro, LA - Louisiana State Police are investigating the shootings of a man and woman who died in Winnsboro on Thursday night.
"Around 8:15 p.m., Franklin Parish sheriff's deputies responded to a domestic disturbance at 118 Muckelrath Road. There, deputies found 33-year-old Laurie Poland and 33-year-old Jason Muckelrath, both from Winnsboro, with gunshot wounds.
"A Franklin Parish coroner pronounced Poland dead at the scene. Muckelrath was taken to Franklin Parish Medical Center, where he died a short time later, according to state police.
"Trooper Mark Dennis said a preliminary investigation suggested the deaths were a murder-suicide, but detectives are still awaiting autopsy results.
"Death notices from Young's Community Funeral Home in Winnsboro indicated Muckelrath worked as a truck driver for the pipeline industry and Poland worked as a lawyer with the Louisiana Department of Social Services. Muckelrath's services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday at Winnsboro Church of Christ. Poland's funeral arrangements were still incomplete Friday night.
"Franklin Parish Chief Deputy Kevin Cobb said he did not know the relationship between Muckelrath and Poland, but he said Muckelrath's father works at the Franklin Parish Detention Center, which prompted deputies to call in state police."