Couple Found Dead In Apartment; Murder-Suicide Suspected

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WACO (July 25, 2013)—Police Thursday identified the man and woman found shot to death in an apartment in Waco as Michael Steve Sheppard, 60 and his wife, Deborah Kay, 59.

A family member found the bodies at around 8 p.m. Wednesday after going to check on the couple at the apartment at 2005 Austin Ave., Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said Thursday.

Both victims had been shot and a handgun was recovered at the scene, Swanton said.

“At this early point in the investigation it appears to be a murder-suicide,” Swanton said Thursday.

“Investigators believe their deaths were very recent,” he said.

Autopsies were ordered.