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UPDATE - Coroner identifies couple in murder-suicide

TNS Regional News • May 13, 2013 at 5:07 PM

The Hocking County coroner has identified the couple shot in a murder-suicide on Saturday night.

Kevin Buckley, 47, used a shotgun to shoot his wife, Tammy Buckley, 49, in the right ear in the living room of their home at 9927 Rt. 93 near New Straitsville. He then put the shotgun in his mouth and killed himself, Dr. David Cummin said today.

The murder-suicide occurred at about 8:30 p.m., after the couple had been arguing. After he shot his wife, he called a friend, and said he had just shot his wife’s head off and planned to do the same to himself, Cummin said.

Buckley ended the call, and is believed to have shot himself immediately, Cummin said. The friend first called Lancaster police, who transferred the call to the Perry County sheriff. Perry County and Hocking County deputies then converged on the scene, which is on the county line.

The couple had been married for 19 years. It was a tumultuous marriage that included domestic violence. “I believe she had battered-wife syndrome,” Cummin said.

Mrs. Buckley had worked for the last 10 years as a pharmacy technician at the Walmart store in Logan, and also was known locally as an animal rescuer, Cummin said. Mr. Buckley was unemployed, he said.

Autopsies were to be performed at the Franklin County coroner’s office, Cummin said.


By Mary Beth Lane - The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio (MCT)

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