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Murder-Suicide Suspected In Deaths Of Local Man, Girlfriend

By: Paul J. Gately Email
By: Paul J. Gately Email
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A man and woman found shot to death early Wednesday in a fire-damaged local home were likely victims of a murder-suicide, investigators say.

Brian John Cecil was arrested two weeks ago after a disturbance at the home where he and a woman identified as his girlfriend were found dead early Wednesday. (Bell County Jail photo/file)

MORGAN’S POINT (October 30, 2013)— A man and woman whom deputies found shot to death early Wednesday in a fire-damaged home have been identified as Brian John Cecil, 41, who lived at 14 White Horse in Morgan's Point, and Tabitha Sazama, 41, in whose home at 13 Buttercup Loop the two were found.

Investigators think the two died in a murder-suicide.

Deputies responded to the home at around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday after receiving a 911 call from Cecil’s ex-wife who reported that Cecil had called her and told her that he shot his girlfriend, Sazama, as she attempted to stab him, sheriff’s Lt. Donnie Adams said in a press release late Wednesday afternoon.

The ex-wife did not know where the incident happened so police from Temple and Morgan’s Point and Bell County sheriff’s deputies began checking the area.

Deputies went to Sazama’s house at 13 Buttercup Loop where police had arrested Cecil two weeks ago for criminal trespass and assault after a domestic disturbance, Adams said.

They found Cecil’s pickup truck and smelled an odor of smoke.

The Bell County SWAT Team made a forced-entry into the house, encountered heavy smoke and found the two bodies in the heavily-damaged master bedroom, he said.

Both Cecil and Sazama appeared to have gunshot wounds and deputies found a pistol and a knife near the bodies, Adams said.

They were both pronounced dead at the scene.

Autopsies were ordered

Authorities think Cecil shot the woman, set the fire in the bedroom and then shot himself.

Sazama and Cecil were both U.S. Post Office employees, Adams said.

Sazama was a full-time rural carrier and Cecil a part-time city carrier, he said.

Firefighters also found pets dead inside the home and think the animals died of smoke inhalation.


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