(Neb)-Lodgepole Deaths Ruled Murder-Suicide
SIDNEY, Neb. (AP) - Cheyenne County Attorney/Coroner Paul Schaub has ruled the April 19th shooting deaths of a Lodgepole couple as murder-suicide.
Schaub says autopsy and investigation results indicated 51-year old Michelle Marlatt-Arledge shot and killed her husband, 52-year old Mark Arledge, then shot and killed herself.
When Cheyenne County Sheriff's deputies arrived at the couple's home around noon to investigate a report of elder abuse, a female inside the house responded to them shortly before they heard a gunshot.
When they went inside, the deputies found the couple in different rooms. The preliminary autopsy on Mark Arledge showed multiple gunshot wounds, leading Schaub to conclude it was a homicide and that Arledge had been killed about 3 days earlier.
The autopsy of Michelle Marlatt-Arledge showed just a single gunshot wound to the head, which Schaub said appeared to be self-inflicted and making her death a suicide.
A full grand jury investigation into the deaths is required under state law because of the presence of the deputies at the apparent time Marlatte-Arledge died.
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