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Police: Elderly Franklin couple found dead in apparent murder-suicide

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Posted at 2:34 PM, Apr 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-14 15:34:16-04

FRANKLIN, TX — The Franklin Police Department said that two elderly people are dead after a murder-suicide over the weekend.

They said that on April 12 around noon, officers from the Franklin Police Department and Robertson County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 call regarding a male and a female subject who were deceased under suspicious circumstances inside the residence at 720 North Sharp Street, City of Franklin, Texas.

Detective John Key, Franklin Police Department, Investigator Bill Ruland, Robertson County Sheriff’s Office, and Texas Ranger Andres De La Garza responded to conduct a complete and thorough investigation. Also, on scene were Franklin Chief of Police Terry Thibideaux and Robertson County Sheriff Gerald Yezak.

Based on the evidence collected from the scene and autopsy reports, the deaths were ruled a murder/suicide. It appeared the male subject shot the female subject approximately three times prior to shooting himself. There is no known history of family violence at the location.

The deceased persons involved are identified as Kenneth Thurman, age 92, and Ruth Ann Thurman, age 90, both of Franklin, Texas.