Thursday, June 30, 2011

Absent Worker, Husband Found Dead

"BRISTOL, GA — Appling County Sheriff's deputies are investigating what they believe is a murder/suicide.

"Deputies say shortly after noon Thursday, they received a call from an employer asking them to check on a person at a home on 2148 Oliff Thornton Road in Southeast Appling County. Co-workers told deputies it was unusual for this employee to not show up to work.

"When deputies arrived at the scene, the back door of the residence was open and inside two bodies were found.

"The Georgia Bureau of Investigations was called to the scene.

"The Appling County Coroner pronounced both subjects dead on scene. The deceased have been identified as Calvin Willis Wright, age 60 and Maxine Wright, age 56.

"Preliminary investigations incidicate that Mr. Wright shot Mrs. Wright and then turned the gun on himself."


Pair Found Dead, Kids OK

"ORLANDO, FL — A man and women were found dead at The Palms Club Apartments on Thursday, according to the Orlando Police Department.

"Orlando police responded to The Palms Club Apartments on Thursday at 12:15pm in reference to shots being fired. Once the units arrived at the scene, they said they found one black male, 28-year-old Samuel Joseph and one black female, 28-year-old Carry Dorcelus dead at the apartments.

"The investigation is a murder-suicide and a weapon has been recovered at the scene.

"There were two small children inside and they were not harmed. They are now in the custody of their grandparents.

"Police said they are not looking for any suspects."


Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Swap Meet Mayhem Leaves Two Dead

"WEST VALLEY CITY, UT — Two people were shot and killed Tuesday evening at a swap meet in West Valley City.

"The incident happened around 6 p.m., just yards from the front entrance to La Azteca Indoor Bazaar Swap Meet at 3952 W. 3500 South.

"`Officers quickly arrived and discovered an adult female and an adult male on the ground in the parking lot,` Powell said. `Both appeared to have apparent gunshot wounds to the chest.`

"Collin Morgan and Mike Winter were driving westbound on 3500 South when they say they heard a `pop`.

"`We just thought, 'Oh, the fireworks (are) going on early,'` Morgan said.

"Then the two heard screaming.

"`All of a sudden the lady started running after we heard that pop, and he started walking gradually toward her,` Morgan said. `This lady stumbled as she's screaming, as she went to the ground, and we heard another pop.`

"As they pulled their car forward in traffic, the two passersby saw a male lying on the blacktop. The two continued on their way, but returned a few minutes later to make a statement to police.

"`It was a very dangerous situation,` said West Valley City Police Sgt. Mike Powell. `We were concerned about that, and that's why we had such a quick response.`

"`We're not actively looking for anybody. We have everything contained at this location and we believe everybody outside is safe.` -Sgt. Mike Powell, WVCPD
Powell said it appears the man shot and killed the woman, then killed himself. Investigators don't know a motive or the relationship between the two but say the public doesn't need to worry about a gunman on the loose."


Monday, June 27, 2011

Police Seize Smartphones & Chargers

"CHESTER, VA — A weekend double shooting that left one man dead and a woman critically injured inside a Chesterfield County home is being investigated as a possible attempted murder-suicide case, court documents show.

"Police received a disturbance call Sunday to check on a woman with a head wound at a home at 11200 block of Heathstead Road in Chester, according to a search warrant affidavit filed in Chesterfield Circuit Court.

"The first officer to respond made contact with the woman, who `had an obvious head wound,` the affidavit says.

"The woman was unable to speak `and indicated by pointing that someone else was upstairs in the residence.` The officer checked further and discovered a man dead in an upstairs bedroom, “along with a gun on the floor,” the affidavit says.

"The woman was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

"During a search of the home, investigators recovered a Rossi .38-caliber revolver, ammunition, two smartphones and two wall chargers, according to an inventory of items seized.

"Police have said an apparent domestic dispute led to the shootings but they have released no further details, including the victims’ names."

From the Richmond Times-Dispatch...

A Woman Scorned

"ALBANY, GA — Prosecutors say a woman who killed her ex-boyfriend and herself late Sunday night also planned to kill another woman.

"Luckily, that woman wasn't at the man's northwest Albany apartment when the killer showed up with a gun.

"The District Attorney says the killer told a relative she planned to kill everyone in the apartment.

"The investigation into the fatal shootings is still ongoing, but Prosecutors say it appears to be a jealousy driven murder suicide.

"Prosecutors say the woman started an argument at 30 year old Michael Williams apartment on Graystone Lane about 4:00 Sunday afternoon. And then returned about 11:30 Sunday night and shot Williams in the chest, then shot herself in the head.

"The two bodies were found inside Michael Williams home in Greenbriar Apartments. Police say 28-year-old Marissa Nisbett, the woman killed in the double shooting, was William's ex girlfriend."


Sunday, June 26, 2011

Elderly Couple Found Dead In Retirement Community

"STROUDSBURG, PA — Stroud Area Regional Police are investigating a probable murder-suicide after an elderly couple was found with gunshot wounds in Stroudsburg.

"Police discovered the victims Saturday morning at 36 Village Drive in the LaBar Village development.

"A 911 call was received at 7:22 a.m. from the caretaker of Richard and Barbara Robinson reporting that Barbara Robinson, 83, was discovered in her bed with an apparent gunshot wound.

"When police arrived, they found Barbara Robinson dead. Her husband, Richard, 76, was also in the bed with a gunshot wound.

"Richard Robinson was taken to Pocono Medical Center in East Stroudsburg and shortly thereafter flown to Lehigh Valley Hospital, where he died Sunday evening without regaining consciousness.

"A firearm was located on the bed where the couple was discovered. Their deaths are being investigated as a probable murder-suicide, and police said their is no threat to public safety.

"An autopsy on Barbara Robinson is scheduled for Monday at Lehigh Valley Hospital."

Source: Pocono Record...

Two Injured, One Dead In Attempted Double Murder/Suicide

"BRAY, OK — An update on the shootings out of Stephens County. Authorities say it appears to be an attempted murder-suicide. Investigators say the whole ordeal happened Saturday night at nine in the 3700 block of Goad Road in Bray.

"When deputies arrived, they found three people shot with one man dead.

"`A female that was shot is in Duncan Regional Hospital with a gun shot wound, and a gentleman was airlifted to OU Medical Center.. I just heard his condition was stable at the present time. That's all the information I have. The third victim is deceased from what is a self-inflicted gunshot wound,` said Stephens County Sheriff, Wayne McKinney.

"McKinney says the two victims still alive were shot in the face.

"He says investigators combed through the crime scene most of the night. But, since it is still so early in the investigation, they can't say for sure this was an attempted murder-suicide or why the man did it."


Saturday, June 25, 2011

Two Dead In Gated Community

"STUART, FL — Two bodies were found inside a Stuart home Friday afternoon, Martin County Sheriff's Office deputies said.

"Deputies were called the home on Southeast Forecastle Court inside the gated Reef community just before 2 p.m. after a family called saying they could not contact the couple for days.

"Once inside the home, deputies found a man and a woman, both in their 50's, dead, according to a police report.

"Investigators said the woman had multiple gunshot wounds and the man had one. At this point, the deaths have been ruled a murder-suicide, deputies said.

"The names of the victims have not yet been released."


Retired Cop Shoots Wife, Self

"MEMPHIS, TN — A retired Memphis Police officer died Friday and his wife was injured after what investigators call an attempted murder-suicide near Millington.

"Regina Daniel was in extremely critical condition at the MED Friday night. Investigators believe her husband, Troy Daniel, shot her before turning the gun on himself.

"It happened around 6:30 p.m. Friday at their home on 6559 Walsh Road near the Woodstock community of Shelby County.

"Troy Daniel was reportedly a retired Memphis Police officer. Neighbors said they saw Regina Daniel shortly before the double shooting.

"`He had a stroke a year or so ago and you couldn't really talk to him and he seemed kind of sad about that,` said neighbor Deidra Bailey. `But I would have never dreamed this would happen.`

"`The residents don't need to be alarmed, does look like a domestic situation,` said Shelby County Sheriff's Office spokesman Chip Washington. `We haven't pieced together the motive, but we're looking into it.`

"A neighbor who happens to be a nurse reportedly administered first aid after the double shooting. Troy Daniel was dead on the scene."


Chaos Ensues After Restaurant Murder/Suicide

"BATON ROUGE, LA — Two men were shot and killed Friday afternoon in a murder-suicide at T.J. Ribs on Acadian.

"Police say Raymond Levie and Shawn Jones were sitting at a table eating together when Jones pulled out a gun and shot Levie multiple times before turning the gun on himself.

"It happened at 5:30 p.m. when police say Jones began firing in front of several employees and patrons. Several witnesses on the scene describe chaos inside the restaurant.

"`It sounded like balloons popping and everyone yelling get down and the next thing I knew is what am I going to do now,` said Curtis Habey who was just a few tables away.

"Both men were pronounced dead at the scene. Police say Levie's girlfriend was the sister of the alleged shooter, Shawn Jones. The motive for the shooting is unknown.

"Police are looking at surveillance tape to determine the chain of events. Levie worked for the EBR Coroner's Office."

From WLOX...


06/26/2011 — Restaurant reopens...


06/27/2011 — Victim accused of stalking shooter's sister...

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Pair Found Dead In Trailer Park

"RED BLUFF, CA — A 63-year-old Red Bluff woman found in a trailer park this week was strangled to death in what Tehama County sheriff’s investigators believe was a murder-suicide.

"`That is our theory based on evidence at the scene and contact with family members and interviews with other people,` Assistant Sheriff Phillip Johnston said today.

"An autopsy performed on Rena Detto showed the `cause of death as homicide with the primary cause being strangulation,` the department reported.

"Detto’s identity had not been previously released.

"Investigators believe James B. Barker, 60, who had been taking care of Detto and lived with her at the Casa Grande Drive residence, killed the woman and then took his own life, possibly by an overdose.

"Johnston said there was evidence at the scene that supports that theory.

"The two people had been dead for some time when sheriff’s deputies found them o Monday. They had responded to a a call by a citizen, who reported that Detto and Barker had not been seen for several days.

"The date of death was not immediately available, Johnston said."

Source: Corning Observer...

"They Seemed Like They Had It All"

"PHILADELPHIA, PA — A teenager found his grandparents just where he might expect to find them Wednesday on a balmy, summer morning - grandma was in the kitchen and grandpa in the shed, according to police.

"But the state in which he found them is something no one should ever have to see.

"He found both dead from gunshot wounds to the head in what police said was a murder-suicide.

"Authorities were called to the elderly couple's house on 9540 Northeast Avenue near Grant, in the city's Bustleton section, around 10:37 a.m., according to police.

"Homicide Sgt. Bob Wilkins said that the teen was sent to the house by his mother after his grandparents did not return phone messages left for them by family members Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

"Police said that the husband shot his wife and then himself.

"Wilkins said that police have not yet discovered any medical or financial issues that may have precipitated the shootings.

"A neighbor, who asked that her name be withheld, said through tears that she could think of no reason for what occurred on the quiet street of well-manicured lawns.

"She said that the couple didn't appear to have any major medical or financial issues, and that they seemed to make it a point to get out and be social.

"`They were really nice, churchgoing, normal people,` she said. `This is a guy who, on recycling day, brings your empty canister back to your house.`

"She said that Michael Cabry could often be seen mowing his and Judith Cabry was often in the rear yard, reading a book.

"`You work all your life and you expect to retire and just be happy,` she said. `They seemed like they had each other. They seemed like they had it all.`"


Fatally Wounded Victim Dies

"EAST ORANGE, NJ — The East Orange woman shot by her boyfriend before he fatally shot himself last night was in fact killed, contrary to what authorities reported Tuesday, the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office said this afternoon.

"Latoshia Murray, 23, was shot multiple times shortly before 5:30 p.m. Tuesday evening by Alex Fuller, 29, in the North Grove Street apartment the couple shared with their two sons, aged 3 and 5, the prosecutor’s office said. Murray was pronounced dead at 6:48 p.m. at University Hospital in Newark. She was said to be alive as recently as this morning.

"Murray’s sister and her boyfriend, that couple’s newborn, and Murray’s grandmother were also at the home at the time of the shootings, the prosecutor’s office said. No one else was injured.

"The prosecutor’s homicide/major crimes task force is continuing its investigation."


Killer Of Two Sisters Shoots Himself As Police Arrive

"WINNSBORO, LA — Winnsboro Police Chief Lester Thomas said a man believed to have killed two sisters shot himself in front of investigators.

"`We received a 911 call from the 7200 block of Prairie Road yesterday, around 6:39 p.m.,` Thomas said Tuesday. He said the first officers on the scene found one victim, Morgan Love, bleeding in the front yard of the residence.

"`She had been shot multiple times,` Thomas said. `We also identified another person, Patrick Cooper, who was seen standing over her with a handgun.`

"Thomas said as officers arrived and began exiting their vehicle, Cooper, 18, shot himself. He said officers then entered the residence, which is across the street from the Franklin Parish School Board Office, and found another female victim, Stephanie Love, with gunshot wounds in her back.

"Thomas said the two victims are sisters. He said Cooper and Stephanie Love were pronounced dead at the scene, and Morgan Love died a short time later at Franklin Medical Center.

"Thomas could not elaborate on the motive for the shooting."


Suspected Killer Shoots Himself After Police Chase

"POUGHKEEPSIE, NY — State Police late Tuesday said the woman whose badly burned body was found in James Baird State Park in Lagrange on June 12 was that of a Bronx woman, Maxine Nunez, 22. She was reported missing to the New York City Police Department by her family last weekend.

"Now, police said her suspected killer is also dead.

"State Police and the Dutchess County District Attorney’s Office pieced together the days and moments leading up to her death and believe she was last seen with her live-in boyfriend, Andres Ceballos, 26.

"His vehicle, a description of which was provided by a witness, was spotted on Monday, June 20 on Route 58 heading toward Emporia, VA. Police gave chase and a man, tentatively identified as Ceballos, fled on foot and then fatally shot himself.

"Police agencies are working with the families of the victim and suspect to positively identify both."


Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Walk In The Park Leads To Murder/Suicide

"SOUTH JORDAN, UT — One woman is dead and a man in extremely critical condition following an apparent murder-suicide attempt at South Jordan City Park.

"A man and a woman, both in their 40s, were shot in the head around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday outside a pavilion at the park near 11000 S. Redwood, said South Jordan Police Lt. Rob Hansen.

"The woman was dead when officers arrived and the man was flown by medical helicopter to a hospital in extremely critical condition.

"`We couldn't get any vitals on the female. The male was breathing,` Hansen said.

"Police found a small caliber handgun near the man and witnesses reported hearing two shots fired.

"Prior to the shootings, two adults were sitting in a nearby pavilion when the couple walked in, sat down and began having a conversation. Witnesses said there was no indication the two were arguing.

"`There were no red flags. There didn't appear to be anything wrong,` Hansen said.

"After the two got up to walk toward the parking lot, the two adults in the pavilion said they heard two gunshots a short time later. Hansen said they did not witness the shooting.

"Tuesday afternoon, a white sheet covered the woman's body near a pine tree as investigators surveyed the crime scene. A nearby SUV was believed to belong to the couple. Hansen said detectives were looking at the vehicle's registration to determine who owned it.

"Police were not immediately sure Tuesday afternoon the relationship between the man and woman."

From Deseret News...

Kids Watch As Mom's Ex-Boyfriend Shoots

"FORT WORTH, TX — A 48-year-old man shot and killed two women on Monday afternoon after their children ran for cover inside of a bedroom, according to police. Detectives said that the gunman then turned the gun on himself and committed suicide.

"At about 12:25 p.m., the gunman approached 29-year-old Natasha Robertson and her 30-year-old visiting friend, Donille Howard of Wichita Falls, just outside of a townhome located in the 7600 block of Chance Boulevard in south Fort Worth. The two mothers were taking their four children to the Boys and Girls Club, police said.

"The man, who officers said was in an `on-again, off-again romantic relationship` with Robertson, shot the two women just inside of the front door.

"A witness, who asked to remain anonymous, said that Robertson’s young daughter stood over her mother as she lay bleeding on the ground. The neighbor said, `When I came outside, I just saw the little girl over her mom’s body screaming, 'Mama, Mama, keep breathing. Please keep breathing.'`

"Polce said that the gunman, identified as Darren Clemmons, then walked back to his car and shot himself.

"Robertson was still alive when emergency crews arrived, but she later died at the hospital. Howard died at the scene. The four children were not hurt.

"Neighbors and police said that Clemmons and Robertson had a history of domestic violence."


"Perfect Dad & Sons" Found Dead After Fire

"CHULA VISTA, CA — Firefighters found the bodies of a man and two teenage boys inside a gutted home early Tuesday. Chula Vista Police investigators are calling the deaths an apparent murder-suicide unrelated to the fire. Police believe that the father shot and killed his two teenage sons before setting their Chula Vista home on fire and turning the gun on himself. Suicide notes were found at the home.

"The house fire was reported at 1:37 a.m. Chula Vista firefighters extinguished it at about 2 a.m. Once inside, firefighters discovered the man's body in the hallway and the bodies of two teens, ages 13 and 15, in their bedrooms, police [said].

"Ficacci said investigators waited outside the single-story cul-de-sac home on 3641 Bonita Verde Drive off Sweetwater Road for a search warrant, and they were preparing to go inside at about 10 a.m. He said the investigation likely will take most of the day.

"Neighbor Pat Valdivia described the family to the San Diego Union-Tribune as the `perfect dad and sons.` He said the mother did not live at the house.

"The mother of the two teens arrived at about 8:20 a.m. and talked to the police for a few moments before shouting "No, no, no!" She was driven away in a police vehicle.

"This would be the third murder-suicide in San Diego County since late May."



Dad's Web site...


06/22/2011 — Killer faced foreclosure, mounting debt...

Line Goes Dead During 911 Call

"HUGHES SPRINGS, TX — Hughes Springs Police are working a suspected murder/suicide at a home on 1406 East First Street.

"Investigators say around 7 o'clock, Stan Nolan went to the home of his estranged wife Kandi Nolan.

"She reportedly called 9-1-1, but investigators say the line went dead.

"When officers arrived, they found Kandi Nolan dead from a gunshot wound. Stan Nolan was also found in the house with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot from a .38 caliber pistol.

"Police say the couple had been estranged for about 3 months, but no protective orders had been filed.

"No one else was inside the home at the time, and police say they are not looking for any more suspects.

"Kandi Nolan's body has been sent to Dallas for an autopsy."


Monday, June 20, 2011

Shooter In Botched Murder/Suicide Expected To Survive

"TACOMA, WA — Pierce County Sheriff's deputies found a woman murdered inside her Tacoma home Monday as well as her estranged husband with self-inflicted gunshot wounds.

"Detectives are investigating the case as a murder and attempted suicide. Deputies identified the woman, 50, as a Pierce County employee, but did not release what department she works for.

"Investigators arrived at her home, on the 2600 block of 128th Street East, Monday morning after a co-worker called 911, saying the victim did not come into work, nor did she call in sick.

"Deputies said they entered the home and found the woman dead from homicidal violence, but the man, seriously injured with life-threatening wounds, was still alive. He was transported to the hospital, and deputies said he is expected to live.

"According to investigators, the estranged husband, 47, was previously arrested for domestic violence in August 2010."


"We Love Each Other Very Much!!!"

"SILVER CITY, NM — A tragic case of domestic violence ended in a murder-suicide Sunday night in Silver City.

"Victor Roman, 42, who has a long history of criminal charges, shot and killed his girlfriend, Trudy Huerta, 35, with whom he had a young son, and then turned the gun on himself.

"Silver City Police were called to the Los Cerros apartments in the 4200 block of Kiva Place, on a report of shots fired. Upon arrival, officers found Huerta lying on the ground in front Building I in the complex. Roman was sitting in an orange vehicle with the engine running. As the officers approached the vehicle, they saw Roman slumped over the steering wheel with a shot gun in his left hand. Both Huerta and Roman were dead the scene.

"According to the investigation, Huerta was attempting to stop Roman from taking their son from the apartment when the crime occurred.

"Huerta had an order of protection against Roman going back to 2001. The couple had each filed protection orders against each other in March. On March 19, 2011, Huerta was arrested for battery on a household member. That charge was dismissed by prosecutors on June 8, 2011. On March 24, Roman was charged with violating a protection order. That charge was dismissed on June 7.

"On May 5, in court documents, Huerta wrote that she wanted to terminate the protection order against Roman because `we are going to go to counseling to get along for my son, our son. He is going to get help. We love each other and need to make this work for our family but still need to support his child. We love each other very much!!!` with a smiley face after the 'very much.' `We need and Love each other so much and will do anything to be together,` she wrote.

"According to court documents the order was dismissed on June 6, 2011.

"Huerta leaves five young children, ages 1, 9, 12, 14, and 17. Huerta was employed at Burger King and worked the second shift. Roman worked occassionally for All Glass MD in Silver City."

From the Las Cruces Sun-News...

Police Find Bodies In Parked Car

"UNIONDALE, NY — Homicide detectives on Long Island are investigating the deaths of a man and a woman found in a parked car as an apparent murder suicide.

"Nassau County police say the bodies of a 31-year-old woman and a 37-year-old man were discovered in a vehicle parked near the intersection of Warwick Street and Arcadia Avenue in Uniondale Sunday.

"The investigating is ongoing. The names of the victims were not immediately released.

"No other information was released."


Sunday, June 19, 2011

SWAT Team Finds Bodies After Murder/Suicide

"WINSTON-SALEM, NC — Police are currently on the scene of a murder-suicide in Winston-Salem.

"Shots were heard coming from a home at 5660 Stone Crossing Drive near Country Club Drive just minutes after 2 p.m.

"Responding officers found a woman who had been shot to death outside the front door of the home, Lt. Rob Cozart with Winston-Salem Police said.

"A SWAT team responded to the scene and attempted to communicate with another person inside the home.

"The SWAT team forced their way inside around 4 p.m. and found a man who had fatally shot himself, Cozart said.

"The woman and the shooter had been living together at one point, Cozart said.

"A 5-year-old child was inside the home while the incident took place, Cozart said. The 5-year-old is now in custody of Child Protective Services."

From WGHP...

Wife Is D.O.A. After Killing Husband

"NORCROSS, GA — A woman shot her husband to death Saturday night before turning the weapon on herself, Gwinnett police confirmed Sunday.

"Gwinnett police Cpl. Edwin Ritter said the couple would be identified Monday.

"The murder-suicide occurred just before 11 p.m. Saturday in the 6300 block of Zachary Road, near Norcross.

"Police say the man died at the scene; the woman was pronounced dead upon arrival at Gwinnett Medical Center."



06/20/2011 — Husband shot while sitting at computer...

Cops Find Bodies In Home

"ROCHESTER, NY — Rochester police are investigating a possible murder suicide on the city's southeast side.

"They responded to a report of a person down at 912 South Clinton Avenue around 10:30 Saturday night. When police arrived they found a 47-year-old woman dead inside the home. She had been stabbed at least once.

"When police searched the rest of the home they found a second person dead in the attic. A 53-year old man had been hanged there. The names of the two people have not been released.

"Police are still trying to determine exactly how the two died."


Saturday, June 18, 2011

Man Beats Wife & Kid To Death, Lies Down In Front Of Train

"WARRINGTON, PA — A Warrington man bashed his wife and son to death with a baseball bat Friday night before committing suicide by laying down in front of a train, according to police.

"The man called 911 about 9:40 p.m. Friday and reported finding his wife and 7-year-old son bludgeoned to death in their home on the 100 block of Redstone Drive, according to District Attorney David Heckler. Heckler said the dispatcher asked the man if he did it and the man said yes.

"Heckler described the man's demeanor with the 911 dispatcher as polite even after confessing to the murders, adding that the man said, `Thank you.`

"Warrington, Warminster and Warrick police rushed to the neighborhood, but the man had already left, Heckler said. Police, unaware the man was gone, surrounded the home and tried to make contact with anyone inside. About 11 p.m. officers entered the home through the garage and found the wife and son deceased.

"The wife was found in a second floor bathroom adjacent to the master bedroom and the son was found in another upstairs bedroom and appeared to have been struck in the head, Heckler said. Police recovered a bloody baseball bat nearby. He said it appeared the husband struck them repeatedly until they were dead. There were no indications of a violent struggle and they may have been asleep when the attack began.

"Police began looking for the husband's Toyota Camry.

"About 1 a.m. Hatboro and Warminster police were dispatched to a report of a person struck by a train. Heckler said police found the Camry nearby. He said it appeared the 44-year-old man had layed his head down on the track and waited for the train to run him over.

"Heckler said there are indications that the family was having financial troubles."



06/22/2011 — Police close the books on this one...

Killer Shows Up Dead In Motel Room

"SIKESTON, MO — Police say a husband and wife are dead after a murder-suicide in Sikeston Friday afternoon.

"Investigators say 34-year-old Solomon Moroney Hill shot and killed his wife, 30-year-old Kristie Hill, before killing himself.

"Sgt. Jim McMillen with Sikeston DPS says it appears some sort of domestic argument sparked the shooting at 1805 Indiana Ave. He says the couple had recently separated.

"When officers arrived, they found a 30-year-old Kristie Lyn Hill dead in the hallway with multiple gunshot wounds.

"`It appears to be some type of domestic issue, domestic argument that just got out of hand,` said McMillen.

"Witnesses at a business across the street saw Hill's SUV leave the scene.

"Police say Solomon Hill abandoned the vehicle at a convenience store just a block away.

"Officers later found the man dead in a motel with a single gunshot wound."


Thursday, June 16, 2011

Another Shooter Phones It In

"BRIDGEVILLE, DE — A Bridgeville couple was found dead in their home on Wednesday, apparently due to a murder-suicide, police say.

"Delaware State Police were called to the home on 6253 Dublin Hill Road at 4:07 p.m. Wednesday; police say the call was placed by Keith E. Warrington, 47, who told 911 operators that his wife, Janice K. Warrington, 48, had been shot.

"Troopers found the couple inside a bathroom of their home; attempts to revive them were unsuccessful.

"Delaware State Police Homicide detectives are continuing to gather information surrounding this investigation, but according to the police, a preliminary investigation indicates that Keith Warrington shot his spouse, then turned the shotgun on himself.

"The victims were turned over to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, who will conduct a post-mortem examination."


Doctor, Wife Found Dead In Driveway

"SHERMAN OAKS, CA — A husband and wife were found dead in a Sherman Oaks neighborhood after an apparent murder-suicide.

"Alex Michaelson, 39, and his wife Vera Michaelson, 32, were found by paramedics on the driveway of their gated home on 15045 Sherview Place at about 6:40 p.m. Wednesday.

"Police said the husband shot and killed his wife before turning the gun on himself. Investigators were interviewing family members Thursday morning to uncover a possible motive.

"Though the bodies were found Wednesday evening, police believe the shootings actually happened between 11 a.m. and noon.

"Alex Michaelson was a doctor of internal medicine at a Tarzana hospital and also had private practices. His wife had just finished dental school in Florida.

"Authorities said Alex Michaelson did show up for work Wednesday but told colleagues he had to leave early due to an emergency.

"The couple has two small children, ages 2 and 7. They are staying with relatives and were not at home at the time of the shootings.

"The family had just moved into the home and police said there was no history of problems at the residence.

"Investigators said no note was left behind at the scene."

From KABC-TV...


Victim's Facebook page...


06/19/2011 — "He was the nicest, sweetest guy, and he loved her very much"...
06/22/2011 — Wife announced she was leaving the good doctor...

Kill My Landlord

"SPARKS, NV — Two dead bodies found Sunday were the result of a man killing his landlord and then killing himself, the Sparks Police Department reported.

"Police identified the suspect as Charles Edward Rodriguez, 45. Police said Rodriguez rented a room from a woman at the home at 860 Glen Molly Drive. They were called to the home Sunday to check on her welfare and found them both dead.

"An autopsy showed the woman suffered from blunt force trauma to her head and was strangled to death, police said. She was found in her bedroom and police said it was clear there was a struggle. They are not releasing her name until her identity has been confirmed through dental records. Police believe Rodriguez killed himself in his bedroom by hanging himself.

"Police are trying to determine a motive for homicide but believe it could be financially related. Rodriguez was unemployed and owed her money, police said."


Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Killer Wrote Apology Note Before Shooting Himself

"HAMPDEN TWP, PA — A man and a woman were killed in a Cumberland County home early Wednesday morning and the suspect in the double homicide has killed himself.

"The homicide happened in the 3900 block of Brookridge Drive in Hampden Township.

"Paul Johnson, 34, who lived in the home, and Wendy Royer, 36, of South 30th Street in Camp Hill, were killed. Both were shot to death.

"Robert Liddick, 41, of South 30th Street in Camp Hill was wanted for questioning in the killings. He shot himself in the head before authorities reached him. His body was found in the Conodiguinet Creek not too far from the Susquehanna River. An apology note was found near his body.

"A truck matching the description of Liddick's vehicle was found in the West Fairview Area, according to Cumberland County District Attorney Dave Freed. A high-powered rifle matching the description of the one used in the killings was also found."


Police Believe Shooter Called 911

"TUCSON, AZ — A husband and wife were found dead inside their east side home Wednesday morning, police said.

"Investigators believe the man shot his wife and then himself, said Sgt. Matt Ronstadt, a Tucson police spokesman.

"At about 7:15 a.m. a man called 911 reporting shots fired inside the home in the 5600 block of East Scarlett Street, near Broadway and Craycroft Road, and investigators believe the husband was the man calling 911 before shooting himself, Ronstadt said.

"Officers responded to the call and found the couple in their late 50’s dead inside their home, Ronstadt said.

"There were no signs of forced entry at the house and a gun was found inside, he said.

"Police will not release the names of the couple until their family members are notified of their death, Ronstadt said."

From the Arizona Daily Star...

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

"Blue Bloody Murder"

"PENACOOK, NH — A man shot a woman and then killed himself in front of police officers this morning at a home on Elm Street in Penacook, officials [said].

"Senior Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Strelzin [said] the shooting, which happened at about 8 a.m., appeared to be a murder-suicide, and children were at the home but uninjured when it happened. Concord police officers have been at the home at 230 Elm Street all morning, cordoning off the driveway with caution tape.

"A neighbor called the police after hearing a gunshot at about 7:45 a.m., and `then she heard the kids scream,` said another neighbor, Al Brack. `Bloody blue murder. She knew something was wrong.`

"Brack said the man and woman were a young couple who moved into the home about a year ago. He described them as polite and said he hadn’t heard any fighting at the house.

"Strelzin [said] that the police had recovered a rifle they believe was the murder weapon. He said autopsies will be conducted today."

Source: Concord Monitor...

Mom And Son OK After Botched Murder/Suicide

"ELMHURST, IL — A 41-year-old Elmhurst woman was charged with attempted murder today after she allegedly gave her 7-year-old son a potentially lethal combination of prescription and over-the-counter drugs last week, authorities said.

"Cheryl Luchetta, of 841 North York Street, gave her son a mixture of valium, diazepam and Tylenol PM on Wednesday evening and then attempted to take her own life, DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said today.

"Elmhurst police responded to a 911 call made Thursday by Luchetta after she claimed she found her son unresponsive at their home, Berlin said. Responders found the child unresponsive but alive and transported him to a local hospital. Berlin said the child has since been released.

"Berlin said an Elmhurst police investigation indicated that after giving the child the mixture of drugs last Wednesday evening, Luchetta cut her own throat and passed out. When she awoke on Thursday morning, she called 911.

"The defendant is currently undergoing psychiatric observation at a local hospital and is expected to be appear in DuPage County bond court later this week."

From the Chicago Tribune...

Out On Bail, Man Returns To Murder Family

"DEXTER, ME — Police say 37-year-old Steven Lake shot and killed his estranged wife, 38-year-old Amy Lake, along with their two children, 12-year-old Monica Lake and 13-year-old Coty Lake and then shot and killed himself. Police say Lake had a protection from abuse order against him after he held the family hostage at gunpoint last year in Wellington. Lake was free on bail and had an upcoming trial.

"Investigators say a co-worker drove by Amy Lake's home around 8 a.m. and saw that Steven Lake's car was in the driveway. Dexter Police responded to the scene and the first officer to arrive heard gunshots from inside the house, according to Public Safety Spokesman Steve McCausland. The officer then called for back-up from several agencies, according to McCausland, who says that negotiators from State Police tried for more than two hours to contact Steven Lake through the phone and PA system.

"McCausland says Amy Lake was a teacher at Dexter Middle School - the same school her two kids attended. Coty Lake was to graduate from the eighth grade on Friday, according to McCausland.

"A tactical team entered the home around 2 p.m., McCausland said. Police say some of the victims had been shot multiple times. Their bodies were found in the living room. In their press release, police called the shooting a `despicable case of domestic violence`."


Monday, June 13, 2011

Two Dead Up On Cripple Creek

"STERRETT, AL — The two people found dead from gunshot wounds Sunday in the 100 block of Cripple Creek were the only people involved in the shooting, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office said this morning.

"`The investigation into the circumstances leading up to the shooting is still ongoing and Shelby County Sheriff’s investigators along with the coroner’s office worked through the night determining what happened,` according to a sheriff’s press release.

"Found dead was Robert Joe Cather II, 42 of Sterrett, and Mark Lindsay Kerr, 46 of Sterrett."

From the Shelby County Reporter...

Family Land Dispute Sparks Attempted Double Murder/Suicide

"CASEY, IL — An apparent land dispute was the trigger for a Saturday morning murder-suicide involving two middle-aged brothers from rural Casey.

"The Illinois State Police stated in a news release David Brussell shot brother Kevin and father William shortly before 9 a.m. Saturday at the Brussell home on 555 Cumberland County Road 2100 East before turning the gun on himself. William Brussell, who is believed to be in his 80s, was treated and released at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center in Mattoon with what police said was a minor gunshot wound to the arm.

"Kevin Brussell drove away from the home after being shot, but was only able to get about a mile away from the scene before losing consciousness and crashing his sport utility vehicle. Cumberland County sheriff’s deputies located the vehicle after a 911 call made at 8:59 a.m., and Cumberland County Coroner Donna Whitaker pronounced Kevin Brussell dead at the scene.

"Whitaker said the fatal shot appeared to be from a small-caliber weapon. She added the bullet entered Kevin Brussell’s back and exited his chest. Death was likely caused, she said, by the bullet collapsing a lung and causing massive internal bleeding.

"David Brussell was transported to Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, where he was pronounced dead by Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrop. No exact time of death was available at presstime.

"Police said witnesses reported the shooting was sparked by a family dispute over land being turned over to the brothers. Whitaker said both men were in their 50s."

Source: Effingham Daily News...

Portable Generator Used In Botched Murder/Suicide

"LAKESIDE, CA — Authorities responded to the 10300 block of New Bedford Court in Lakeside around 4:45 a.m., where they say a man emailed his sister-in-law to tell her that he was depressed, had shot his wife and was going to kill himself.

"Responding deputies found the man alive in a room with a portable generator, in what appeared to be an attempt to kill himself with carbon monoxide.

"A woman who was found in the house appeared to have been shot to death, deputies said."


Sunday, June 12, 2011

Four Found Dead On North Carolina Highway

"DURHAM, NC — A man shot three women inside a car on a stretch of N.C. 54 in the Research Triangle Park late Friday, then turned the gun on himself, authorities say.

"`He shot them, then shot himself,` Durham County Sheriff Worth Hill told The News & Observer.

"The sheriff said deputies do not believe drugs were involved, and said that they have a working `theory` as to what led to the apparent murders and suicide. He would not elaborate.

"The sheriff would not provide any other details, and referred questions to lower-ranking deputies who have been handling the crime more closely.

"Those officials said in interviews more information is expected to be released later today.

"Sheriff's deputies found the four people all shot to death just past midnight early Saturday morning, after responding to a call of reported gunshots.

"The car was found off the side of N.C. 54 in the RTP in southern Durham County, near where the highway passes over the Durham Freeway. The crime scene was directly across from the entrance to an office building for Sigma Xi, a scientific research society. Nearby are offices for RTI.

"The three women and one man were all described as being in their 20s, and all are believed to live in Durham County.

"The three women were found in a green Honda Accord. The man was outside the car. All had died of gunshot wounds.

"Deputies were not releasing information pending notification of family members, and due to what happened."



Shooter's Facebook page...


07/05/2011 — One victim was shot 13 times...

Estranged Pair Found Dead

"ST. PETERSBURG, FL — A woman and her estranged boyfriend were found dead this evening and authorities are classifying their demise as a murder-suicide.

"Leon Cranston, 26, apparently shot his estranged girlfriend Megan Sullivan, 22, in his apartment at 10901 Brighton Bay Blvd. N.E. before turning the gun on himself, St. Petersburg police say.

"The pair were found dead from gunshot wounds to their chests at 8:30 p.m. this evening, police said.

"Sullivan's father had asked authorities to check on his daughter. Though her last known address is in Clearwater, they were directed to check on her at Cranston's apartment."


Saturday, June 11, 2011

Two Dead In Suspected Murder/Suicide

"HILLSIDE, NJ — Investigators believe a Hillside man killed his wife and then killed himself in their second-floor apartment in what Hillside police and the Union County Prosecutor’s Office are calling a suspected murder-suicide.

"Family members said that Richard Lewis’ 15-year-old daughter awoke this morning to find her mother unresponsive and called her grandmother, who called police.

"When officers arrived at the house in the 200 block of Hillside Avenue at 10 a.m. today, they found 35-year-old Lewis’ body lying on a bed, according to a press release from Hillside police. Officers then discovered 45-year-old Richard Lewis’ body sprawled in the bathtub.

"`The husband killed the wife,` said John Holl, a spokesman for Union County Prosecutor Theodore Romankow.

"The daughter and the Lewises’ 11-year-son were not harmed, police said.

"Tonight, two police cruisers and a pair of crime-scene sport utility vehicles stood parked in front of the two-story home with tan aluminum siding.

"Police would not comment on when or how the Lewises died."


One Dead In Botched Murder/Suicide

"MUSCATINE, IA — A Muscatine man is dead after police say he tried to kill his wife before turning the gun on himself.

"Around 3:30pm Saturday Muscatine police were called to 1933 Vail avenue after receiving a 911 call of shots fired.

"`Report from female residence in house that male subject had discharged weapon,` said Iowa State Patrol Sgt. Jose Varela.

"Police say the woman was able to make it out safely despite being shot at.

"`Some information released to us that shots fired in her direction,` said Varela.

"As she was running to a neighbors for help, police say a second round of gunfire erupted. Neighbors say the married couple who lived in the house had recently been fighting. Saturday they could only stand in disbelief as police set up a perimeter trying to make cell phone contact with the man inside for nearly and hour before going inside.

"`After maintaining perimeter on house and made entry, sheriff did locate male subject in house that suffered self inflicted gunshot wound,` said Varela.

"Police have not said where the man shot himself but say it appears he tried to kill his wife before turning the gun on himself.

"The name of the victim has not been released and the investigation continues."


Two Dead After "Isolated Incident"

"SOUTHINGTON, CT — A woman and her ex-husband are dead following an apparent murder suicide that occurred outside a home on 47 West Street Saturday morning.

"Saudina Mehovic, 37, the homeowner according to Southington property records, was shot and stabbed in the driveway of the home according to police. Nurija Mehovic, 48, the woman's ex-husband, went to the wooded area behind the home following the incident and shot himself once, police said.

"Both were pronounced dead after being taken to area hospitals said Southington Police Sgt. Lowell DePalma.

"`We received a call about 10:30 a.m. with reports that a woman had been shot and stabbed,` said Southington Police Sgt. Lowell DePalma. `We arrived to find the woman in the driveway. The man suspected of shooting her had gone into a wooded area and shot himself.`

"A handgun appeared to be used in the incident but police were unable to say whether the man owned the gun of if he had a weapons permit.

"DePalma said the incident is considered `isolated` and that the two were known to each other."

Source: SouthingtonPatch...

Friday, June 10, 2011

Businessman & Wife Found Dead In Home

"SHREVEPORT, LA — A Shreveport businessman and his wife were found shot to death at their southwest Shreveport home Friday in what authorities said appeared to be a murder-suicide.

"Willie Guiden, who was also a part-time preacher, and his wife Jane were found dead about 10:30 a.m. at their house on 881 Elmdale Street off Kingston Road. Both had been shot.

"Authorities said there was no indication of forced entry to the house and evidence at the scene indicated Mr. Guiden shot his wife and then killed himself.

"A gun was lying near Mr. Guiden's body, which was found in the living room of the house. Mrs. Guiden was found dead in the hallway.

"The Guidens were both 60 years old.

"Guiden founded Guiden Seafood Restaurant on Line Avenue and more recently ran Unity Daycare Center on Line Avenue.

"Police patrol officers found the bodies after the couple's daughter called and said no one at the house would answer the phone or the door, Sgt. Bill Goodin said.

"Police said the house was locked and there was no indication of forced entry.

"The couple is believed to have died Thursday night."



06/11/2011 — "This has all the appearances of a murder-suicide."

Bus Riders Gawk As Murder/Suicide Unfolds

"DALLAS, TXDART bus riders standing at a bus stop witnessed a horrific scene Friday on the streets of Dallas.

"They told police that a woman jumped out of a moving car along Illinois and South Cockrell Hill. Then, a man with a gun jumped out of the car behind her, grabbed her and shot her to death. The car was in gear and rolled down the street. The man then ran away into a nearby neighborhood.

"Dallas police started getting calls around 7:15 a.m. about the shooting.

"A second caller reported a man, fitting the same description from the shooting, carjacked him. Officers located the car on Tato Drive.

"The man allegedly ran into his home in the 5200 block of Tato Drive.

"As officers approached the resident where the car was located, they said they heard a gun shot inside the home.

"SWAT was called in to assist.

"Several hours later the man was discovered inside the home dead. Police said he killed himself.

"Lt. David Pughes with Dallas police says the couple had been in the car arguing when the woman tried to get away. They were married, but separated.


Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Police Suspect Murder/Suicide In Death Of Pair

"WALLINGFORD, CT — A man and a woman were found dead in a Knollwood Drive apartment complex on Wednesday evening, and police say it appears to be a murder-suicide.

"Officers investigating a report of a shooting found the two middle-aged people dead at about 3:45 p.m. at 181 Knollwood Drive, Lt. Marc Mikulski said.

"Mikulski said a preliminary investigation indicated that a male aquaintance was let into the apartment by a female occupant. The cause of deaths has not yet been made public, though Mikulski said a gun was involved.

"The identities of the people was not released Wednesday night."

Source: Hartford Courant...

Fraud Investigation Becomes Double Murder/Suicide

"VILLE PLATTE, LA — An insurance agent who allegedly shot two insurance fraud investigators to death Tuesday afternoon also eventually killed himself.

"Agents Rhett Jeansonne, 39, and Kim Sledge, 44, were killed as they served cease and desist orders to John Melvin Lavergne, 67, in Ville Platte around 1 p.m.

"Lavergne barricaded himself inside his insurance company. An officer on the scene said Lavergne died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

"The two fraud agents were meeting with Lavergne to investigate a complaint. The meeting was scheduled to last about an hour.

"After the shootings, hostage negotiators spent nearly six hours trying to make contact with Lavergne.

"The agents were part of the Louisiana Insurance Fraud Task Force, which is charged with investigating any and all fraud...

"Lavergne has been in trouble with the Department of Insurance a few times.

"In 2009, he was issued a cease and desist order and fined for allegedly providing fraudulent proofs of insurance.

"In 2010, he was arrested by the Louisiana State Police and given another cease and desist order.

"Authorities did not specify what the most recent complaint was against Lavergne.

"The Louisiana State Police is investigating the shootings."


Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Elderly Texas Couple Found Dead

"CHINA SPRING, TX — An elderly couple was found dead in their home Monday afternoon.

"Family members discovered the bodies of 71-year-old Barbara Richardson and 73-year-old William Richardson in their home on 800 block of Range Road in China Spring.

"McLennan County Sheriff's Deputies say that early indications suggested both were killed by a firearm, in a possible murder-suicide. The bodies were sent to Dallas for autopsies. The investigation of the couple's death is still under investigation."


Trapped By Cops, Wife Shooter Kills Himself

"GRAY, ME — A woman was shot and killed by her husband in Winslow on Monday night, and he committed suicide after a chase with police that ended in Gray, Maine State Police said late Monday.

"State police identified the couple as 30-year-old Sarah Gordon and 32-year-old Nathaniel Gordon, both of 4 Marie St. She was shot along Marie Street and he fled the scene in his car, police said.

"Nathaniel Gordon shot himself inside his car after police put down a spike mat, causing him to crash along the Maine Turnpike, roughly 100 yards from Route 26, shortly after 9 p.m.

"The evening chase moved through a number of towns, including Lewiston, before state police were able to get a spike mat down and disable the vehicle.

"Maine Public Safety Spokesman Stephen McCausland said Sarah Gordon was found by police early Monday night after residents on Beck Street in Winslow called to report shots fired.

"The shooting occurred before 8 p.m. and Nathaniel Gordon was pursued by police as he headed south. A little over an hour later, he shot himself after hitting a guardrail.

"A witness said the suspect crashed into a guardrail a short distance from the Route 26 overpass after one of his tires was blown out. Police said it was shortly after the wreck that Gordon shot himself."

Source: Sun Journal...

Monday, June 6, 2011

Woman Dead, Shooter Airlifted To Trauma Center

"SILVER SPRINGS, NV — Lyon County police are on the scene of an apparent murder and attempted suicide in Silver Springs.

"According to a press release, officers were called out to a home at 3466 Deodar Street just before 1 p.m. by a man who claimed he'd just killed his girlfriend and he was going to kill himself.

"The man also said there was a child in the home and `tell the cop to come on in,` the release states.

"When deputies entered the home they found a woman in her early 30s dead of a gunshot wound to the head in the living room. A man, identified as Leland Scott Lawson, 33, was also found in the living room with a gunshot wound to the head.

"Lawson was still alive and taken from the scene by a helicopter to the Reno trauma center. The extent of his injuries was not immediately available. The woman's name was not released.

"According to Lyon County Sheriff's Sgt. Ryan Powell, the couple's 18-month-old son was found unharmed in a bedroom."

From the Nevada Appeal...

Painters Alert Police After Finding Body

"THOMASTON, GA — Deputies responded to a call to 177 Harvey Street in reference to what is being classified a murder/suicide involving 45-year-old David Clay Garrett and his uncle, 75-year-old Richard Earl Garrett.

"According to Maj. Dan Kilgore, of the Upson County Sheriff’s Office, the call was received at approximately 7:25 p.m. when individuals who had been working at the residence looked in a window of a detached apartment and discovered a body.

"`Some workers who had been doing some painting work out there talked to both men Wednesday. They went back out Thursday and didn’t find anyone, so they left a note. When they returned Friday, the note was untouched, so they looked in a window and saw a body laying there, and they called and reported it,` Kilgore said.

"After investigators gained entry to the apartment, both men’s bodies were located, with each having sustained a single gunshot wound.

"`Through our investigation, it was determined that Clay had shot his uncle and later shot himself,` Kilgore said.

"Although Clay Garrett left no suicide note behind, Kilgore said all evidence indicates the incident was a murder-suicide with no one else involved in the incident."

From the Thomaston Times...

Death In A Minivan

"IMOGENE, MN — Police say a murder-suicide led to the grisly discovery of two bodies inside a van last week.

"Officials with the Martin County Sheriff’s Office identified the victims as 51-year-old Linda Kay Norman, of Granada, Minn., and 50-year-old Curtis Lynn Larson, of Welcome, Minn.

"The two were found in a parked van outside of Our Place bar, with Norman in the driver’s seat and Larson in the passenger’s seat.

"Autopsies were completed on Friday, and the medical examiner said Larson likely shot Norman in the head with a .22-caliber rifle before turning the gun on himself.

"Martin County Chief Sheriff's Deputy Corey Klanderud said the two had a previous relationship and that a note was later found in Larson's vehicle.

"There were no witnesses to the shootings. which happened inside the minivan.

"Imogene is located about 5 miles outside of Fairmont, Minn."

From FOX9...

Long-Standing Neighborhood Dispute Settled After Murder/Suicide

"CANON CITY, CO — A neighbor dispute turned deadly Sunday afternoon, killing two men.

"At 5:35 p.m. Sunday, CaƱon City Police responded to a reported shooting in the 2700 block of Elizabeth Street.

"Leo George Pewitt, 32, had suffered two gunshot wounds — one to the chest and one to the legs. Pewitt was air lifted to Penrose hospital where he later died.

"According to witnesses at the scene, Dennis William Abraham, 51, shot Pewitt with a shotgun before turning the weapon on himself and committing suicide.

"The shooting appears to be the result of a long-standing neighborhood dispute."

From the Daily Record...

Depressed Shooter Ruins Party For Everyone

"ERATH COUNTY, TX — A man and woman are dead after an apparent murder/suicide that took place about 10 p.m. Saturday at an Erath County home.

"Kai Hilbert, 41, apparently shot his ex-wife, Jennifer Marie Rice, 36, during a family gathering at his home on U.S. Highway 67 near the county line.

"Sheriff Tommy Bryant said little information is known at this time and investigators are trying to determine what triggered the double tragedy.

"`What we know is that the suspect had some type of family gathering and his ex-wife was part of it,` Bryant said. `At some point during the event, an argument between the two took place in the front yard.`

"Witnesses told detectives that Hilbert left during the dispute and returned a short time later with a handgun.

"`He pointed the gun at the witnesses, then took his ex-wife to the ground and shot her in the head,` Bryant said.

"He then turned the gun on himself.

"Rice died at the scene and Hilbert died while he was being airlifted to a Fort Worth hospital.

"The couple reportedly shared custody of their children, who are believed to have been at the home when the incident occurred. Bryant said it is not clear, however, if the children witnessed the slaying.

"Hilbert worked at Pal-Con Ltd. as an industrial maintenance technician and Rice was the manager at Chicken Express in Hico, where she reportedly graduated from high school in 1993.

"Family members told investigators that Hilbert had been suffering from depression."

From the Empire-Tribune...

Mailman Finds Suicide Notes

"PORTSMOUTH, VA — Police say a note left for the mailman led them to an apparent murder-suicide.

"Det. Jan Westerbeck says the bodies of a man and woman were found in the house on Sarazen Drive around 11:00 a.m.

"She says there were two notes - one in a mailbox telling him to look inside and one in the garage with an entry code.

"The names of the victims haven't been released and the investigation continues."

From WVEC...

Wife, Kids Escape Through Front Window

"HAYES, VA — Gloucester County deputies responded to the scene of a what they're calling a murder, suicide in the 1800 block of Gloucester Road in Hayes, Virginia Sunday.

"It was around 2 p.m. when officials say they got the initial call from a woman claiming her estranged husband, Keith Philip Ketch, had just shot her boyfriend. The woman was inside the home with four children when the victim was shot in the backyard, according to officials.

"A second call came in from a neighbor stating the suspect had just entered the home after shooting the victim in the backyard.

"Upon arrival, deputies were told the suspect had fled out the back door of the residence where another gunshot was heard. That's when deputies told the homeowner and children to break out a front window and escape.

"Deputies cleared the backyard and determined the second gunshot heard was the suspect taking his own life, right next to the where the initial victim was shot.

"Both individuals were pronounced dead on the scene by Medics with Abingdon Fire and Rescue who were staged nearby."


Sunday, June 5, 2011

Killer Calls 911 Before Shooting Himself

"BENTON, KY — Two people were killed Saturday night in Fairdealing area, the result of an apparent murder-suicide.

"John O. Armstrong, 66, of 10 Milbrook Lane, Benton, made a 911 call at 8:49 p.m. and told Marshall County deputies that he had shot his wife and that he was going to shoot himself.

"When investigators arrived at the Armstrong home, they found both John Armstrong and wife Marjorie, 73, of Benton, dead.

"A family member said Sunday that the Armstrongs were married for 38 years and moved to the Kentucky Lake area about five years ago from Kokomo, Ind.

"No other details concerning the deaths was available."

From the Paducah Sun...

Two Women Found Dead In Apartment

"E. PENNSBORO, PA — East Pennsboro Township police told us they are investigating a murder-suicide in Cumberland County.

"Police said they responded to the Sterling Court Apartments around 1:00 p.m.

"Officers report they found two women, who appear to be in their 40's, dead from gunshot wounds.

"They said there was also a boy in the house at the time. His relationship to the women is unknown. Police said he was not hurt, although he was taken to Holy Spirit Hospital."

From WHTM...

Three In A Row: Another Mother/Son Murder/Suicide

"KANSAS CITY, MO — Kansas City police are investigating the deaths of a man and woman early today as a possible murder-suicide.

"Police were called to the 2500 block of Harrison Street about 2:05 a.m., where they found a man dead in the front yard. Police found a shotgun next to the body of the man, who was believed to be in his 30s.

"Inside the home, police found the body of a woman, believed to be in her late 50s.

"A witness told police the man lives at the home with his mother. The witness said he heard a disturbance inside the home before hearing a gunshot."

From the Kansas City Star...

Killer Made Funeral Arrangements

"ROSWELL, GA — Roswell police said a mother and son were found dead inside of a home on King Road Saturday night.

"Police said a friend of the 50-year-old son called police to alert them after receiving a letter from the son detailing funreal arraingments for him and his mother.

"When police arrived at the home they found the son and his 86-year-old mother dead from gunshot wounds.

"The victims have not been identified as of Saturday night."


Saturday, June 4, 2011

Man Kills 98 Year Old Mother, Botches Suicide

"BRENTWOOD, NY — Police say a 69-year-old man tried to kill himself after suffocating his mother on Long Island.

"Juan Gonzalez was arrested Friday and charged with second-degree murder.

"Suffolk County police responded to a call at a home in Brentwood, where they found 98-year-old Teresa Astete dead in her bed.

"Police say her son attempted suicide in the home the two shared.

"It was not immediately clear how Gonzalez tried to kill himself.

"He was treated at a nearby hospital and is scheduled for arraignment at a later, unspecified date."


Friday, June 3, 2011

Man And Child Found Dead In Orchard

"SAN JOACHIM COUNTY, CA — The body of a man and child were discovered in a car on a levee near Interstate 5 and Manthey Road around 8 a.m. today, the apparent victims of a murder-suicide, San Joaquin County Sheriff’s officials reported.

"During a routine check of area farm land, a security guard discovered an unresponsive man in a parked car. Unable to contact the driver, he called the sheriff’s office.

"When deputies arrived, they found a man in the front seat dead from an apparent gunshot wound, sheriff’s spokesman Les Garcia said. Further investigation into the vehicle revealed a small child in the backseat area, also dead from an apparent gunshot wound.

"`It appears to be a murder-suicide,` Garcia said. `We’re trying to piece together what occurred and understand what occurred.`

"The levee was located in the middle of an orchard adjacent to Dell’Osso Farms, near J.B. Farms Fruit Stand off South Manthey Road.

"Investigators hoped to release the identities of the victims later today after making family notification, Garcia said."


Slasher Kills Grandma, Calls 911 After Botched Suicide

"KNOXVILLE, TN — An early morning stabbing, attempted suicide leaves one person dead and another in the hospital.

"It happened around 5:45AM on 1406 Payne Road.

"KPD says the 29 year old suspect called 911 after stabbing his 82 year old grandmother and himself.

"A person who identified herself as a family member identified the victim as 82-year-old Mary Louise Harrison.

"Kathy McKee, who said she was the granddaughter of the victim and a cousin of the suspect, whom she called Billy, said the suspect had been treated several times at Peninsula Mental Health Center.

"The unidentified victim died at the scene, while the unidentified suspect is currently in surgery at U.T. Medical Center.

"The incident happen in the downstairs part of the home, while family members upstairs were not aware of what had happen until police arrived.

"The investigation continues as police wait to interview the suspect about a possible motive."


Thursday, June 2, 2011

Acquaintance Discovers Bodies

"MORRISTOWN, TN — A man and woman found dead inside their Morristown residence this afternoon likely were killed in a murder/suicide, authorities said.

"Kevin Serrano, 42, and Sheila Cupp, 44, both were found dead of apparent gunshot wounds when officers arrived at 3532 Wendy Street, according to the Morristown Police Department.

"Officers were dispatched at 3:30 p.m. in response to an E-911 call from an acquaintance who had come to check on the couple and discovered them.

"A weapon also was found at the scene, although authorities did not offer any further details, citing an ongoing investigation.

"Both victims were transported to the Regional Forensic Center at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville for autopsy."


Detectives Conclude Evidence Points To Murder/Suicide

"TACOMA, WA — Police said it appears two bodies found Wednesday in a Tacoma home were the result of a murder-suicide.

"The remains of a man and woman were found Wednesday afternoon in the home in the 3900 block of N. 30th St. after co-workers called police to report that one of the two people had failed to report to work for several days.

"After collecting evidence at the scene, detectives now believe that the man killed the woman before taking his own life, said Tacoma police spokesman Mark Fulghum.

"The names of the man and woman were not immediately released."


Shooting Rampage Leaves 5 Dead In Arizona

"YUMA, AZ — A 73-year-old US gunman has shot and killed four people in Arizona before turning the gun on himself.

"The Yuma Police department said suspect Carey Hal Dyess of Yuma, apparently shot and killed one person in the city and three people in Yuma County before shooting himself, the Yuma Sun reported.

"Another person was injured and flown to hospital.

"Yuma police spokesman Clint Norred would not confirm the identity of any of the victims, but lawyers in Yuma said one victim was attorney Jerrold Shelley, who was shot and killed.

"The Yuma County Sheriff's Office was called to the first scene early, when the body of a woman was found in a yard.

"Initial reports on the police scanner said the woman may have suffered a gunshot wound.

"About 9.20am, police were called to a shooting in the 300 block of 2nd Avenue in Yuma.

"Two more shootings were then reported in the Wellton area, followed by a report of a self-inflicted gunshot wound near Blaisdell off Highway 95.

"The gunman's body was found by police at 11.30am. He died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

"The Yuma Sun has not been able to confirm the location of the sixth shooting."

From the Morning Herald...