Saturday, June 29, 2013
"RUTHERFORDTON, NC — Authorities were investigating a murder/suicide Friday in Rutherford County.
"Deputies with the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office said they were called to a home on 479 Weeks Road after shots were fired.
"Investigators said a man and a woman were found dead inside the home in what appeared to be a murder/suicide.
"Authorities have identified the deceased as Robert and Janie Stone.
"Investigators said Janie Stone and a friend had gone out earlier to celebrate Stone's 50th birthday. Deputies said the friend was at the couple's home when an argument broke out between the Stones. Investigators said Robert Stone fired at Janie before turning the gun on himself.
"Deputies said the friend was not injured but was taken to Rutherford Regional for evaluation.
"The shooting was alcohol-related, according to authorities."