Murder-suicide suspected in deaths of couple

MAYWOOD, Mo. (AP) — Authorities believe a rural northeast Missouri man shot and killed his wife, then turned the gun on himself.

Marion County Sheriff Jimmy Shinn said Monday that 67-year-old David Lavingon and his 59-year-old wife, Kathy Lavingon, died as a result of murder-suicide. The bodies were found Sunday in bed at their home near Maywood. Both had been shot in the chest, and an autopsy determined that David Lavingon was the shooter.

Shinn says a motive for the shooting is not known. Authorities believe the couple had been dead since Christmas night.

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