TFC Billy Gregory
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 15, Columbia
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Murder-Suicide Investigation in Burkesville, KY
Date of News Release: 01/26/08
(Columbia, KY) - At approx 3:50 am Saturday morning Kentucky State Police Columbia received a call from Cumberland County Dispatch requesting assistance in the investigation of an apparent homicide-suicide at 4959 Columbia Road, Burkesville, KY.
Located at the residence was the body of 56 year old Janice Cole, who died from a single gunshot wound to the back. Also located at the residence was the suspect, Freddy Groce, age 54, who died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest.
Both the victim and suspect were pronounced dead by the Cumberland County Coroner, Gary White. An autopsy is scheduled on each body at the State Medical Examiner's Office in Louisville, KY.
The investigation is being conducted by Detective Kevin Hunt, Detective Tony Wells, Detective Sergeant Bobby Sullivan, Burkesville Police Department, Cumberland County Sheriff's Department and the Cumberland County Coroner.