Husband, wife dead in apparent murder-suicide

From Local Sources

DALE — The husband and wife found deceased late Tuesday night in Dale in what has been deemed a murder-suicide each died of single gunshot wounds, according to Indiana State Police.

Police say at 10:52 p.m. CDT Tuesday night, concerned acquaintances had asked that the Spencer County Sheriff’s Department check on the welfare of William A. and Martha E. Lamar of Dale. After numerous attempts to get the Lamars to answer the door of their home, deputies forced their way into the residence, according to state police.

Authorities found William Lamar, 74, deceased in the living room and Martha Lamar, 68, deceased in the kitchen, the next room over. William Lamar had been sitting in a wheelchair, according to Spencer County Coroner Robert Fuller.

State police detectives and crime scene investigators were contacted to lead the investigation.

Investigators who believe both had died of the gunshot wounds said a handgun was found lying next to Mrs. Lamar.

Police said information gathered at the scene led detectives to believe that Mrs. Lamar had shot and killed Mr. Lamar before taking her own life.

Sgt. Philip Hensley with the Jasper post said there was no evidence gathered during the investigation about illness and there was also no prior history of police being called to the residence.

“We believe she simply decided to kill him and take her own life,” Hensley said.

Fuller said the weapon was a small caliber handgun that was kept in the couple’s bedroom. Each died from a gunshot wound to the head.

“You just don’t know what sets something off like this,” Fuller said.

Detectives believe that, given the state in which the scene was found, both had died on or around June 29.
Investigators said they considered the case closed.

The Dale Police Department and the Spencer County Coroner’s Office also assisted.

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