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Death investigation in Cumberland County

Date of News Release: 01/10/2011

(Cumberland County, Ky.) -- The Kentucky State Police are investigating an incident that resulted in the death of 75-year-old Blanton Howard and his wife, 39-year-old Stephanie Howard, both of Burkesville.

Cumberland County dispatch contacted Post 15 on Sunday, 01/09/2011 just after 8:30 AM CST and requested assistance at a residence on Scott River Drive in the limits of Burkesville with a possible Murder/Suicide. The investigation revealed that Blanton Howard shot Stephanie Howard during a domestic altercation and then turned the weapon on himself and took his own life.

Autopsies were performed today and preliminary results confirmed that both victims died as a result of gunshot wounds. Detective B.J. Burton is continuing the investigation.

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