Autopsies on the bodies of a couple found dead in their Burneyville home Thursday have resulted in a homicide/suicide determination by the state’s medical examiner, but District Attorney Craig Ladd says the investigation is not over.


Autopsies on the bodies of a couple found dead in their Burneyville home Thursday have resulted in a homicide/suicide determination by the state’s medical examiner, but District Attorney Craig Ladd says the investigation is not over.


Cherokee Ballard, spokeswoman for the Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s Officer, said 54-year-old Carol Lee’s “manner of death” has been labeled the result of a homicide. Ballard said Lee had died from a gunshot wound to the head.


Lee’s 71-year-old husband, James, also died from a gunshot wound to the head.


“The manner of (James Lee’s) death is suicide,” Ballard said about 3:35 p.m. today.


The couple’s bodies were discovered by a relative about noon Wednesday at their Burneyville residence. The OSBI was called in to assist the Love County Sheriff’s Department in investigating the case.


Thursday night Jessica Brown, OSBI spokeswoman, said, “We are investigating this as a double homicide but that could change.”


Brown said at the time agents would defer to the medical examiner on the cause of deaths.
Shortly before 4 p.m. today, Ladd called the medical examiner’s findings “consistent with all the indicators at this point.”


However, Ladd cautioned the investigation remained ongoing.


“There is more investigation into the forensic evidence that needs to be done,” Ladd said.


Marsha Miller 221-6529
marsha.miller@ardmoreite.com