Archive for April 9th, 2009

Divorced pair dead in murder-suicide

Posted on April 9, 2009. Filed under: Arizona, murder-suicide |

Tucson, Arizona – A divorced couple who still lived together ended up dying together Thursday night in an apparent homicide-suicide, a Pima County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman said.

Ana Delia Rios, 44, and her ex-husband, Martin Rios Gonzales, 44, were found shot to death in their Southwest Side home about 10:30 p.m., Deputy Dawn Barkman said.

Deputies were called to the home, in the 7100 block of South Hildreth Avenue, southwest of West Valencia and South Mission roads, after family members heard gunshots and ran from the house to use a neighbor’s phone to call for help.

Barkman said the couple had been arguing in the bedroom before the shots were fired.

Homicide detectives believe Gonzales shot his ex-wife and then turned the gun on himself, Barkman said.   More on Tucson Citizen

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Couple found dead in their mobile home from murder-suicide

Posted on April 9, 2009. Filed under: Indiana, murder-suicide |

Roanoke, Indiana – The couple found dead in their Roanoke mobile home Thursday died in a homicide-suicide, presumably from a domestic dispute that turned violent, according to the Huntington County coroner.

Investigators concluded that 26-year-old Jeremy Stroh shot his girlfriend, 25-year-old Nicole Scheiber, multiple times inside their home at Castle Hill Mobile Home Park in Roanoke and then turned the gun on himself. He died from a single gunshot wound, Coroner Leon Hurlburt said.

When Scheiber didn’t show up for work Thursday, the Roanoke marshal went to the couple’s trailer at 15 Duke Blvd. to check on her. He found the pair dead at 11:30 a.m., about an hour after the shooting, Hurlburt said.

No autopsy was necessary because an Indiana State Police crime scene technician determined how the pair died based on their wounds and the physical evidence, Hurlburt said.

No one can be certain what led to the killing, but Hurlburt said the violence likely stemmed from a domestic dispute.

Scheiber’s death was ruled a homicide and Stroh’s was a suicide, Hurlburt said. More on Journal Gazette

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Shooting victim was intoxicated

Posted on April 9, 2009. Filed under: dispute - strangers, South Dakota |

Brookings, South Dakota – Brad Odens, a 23-year-old electronics engineering technology student from Sioux Falls, was walking south toward his home at about 2 a.m. from a downtown bar about three blocks away. Intoxication may have been a factor in confusing the house at 129 S. Main Ave. from his own at 143 S. Main Ave, said Capt. Jeff Miller, who is leading the ongoing investigation.

“The door was locked, and he woke up the resident while trying to enter,” Miller said. “He was warned by the resident not to enter the home, and that he had a gun inside, but the victim was pretty insistent that it was his home and was making threats to the resident.” The resident, whose name has not been released because there are no charges filed, lives alone.

Miller said that Odens was warned by the 28-year-old male resident when he was inside the front entryway trying to enter a locked door to the main part of the house. After being warned several times, Odens broke the window on the upper part of main door. He was shot by the resident after breaking the window, Miller said.

Police do not believe that Odens and the resident of the house knew each other.
Police are submitting information about the case to the state’s attorney’s office for a final decision on whether charges will be filed.

“I think the standard is that if someone is breaking into your home, you have the right to protect yourself,” Miller said. “As tragic as this turned out … the home owner was in fear and didn’t know what [Odens’] intentions were.”  More on

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