Saturday, October 10, 2009

Another DV Murder in Athens String

Police have identified the couple who died in a murder suicide Friday as Harry and Phyllis Marable.

The couple, who lived at 130 Chardonay St. with their son, died sometime Friday afternoon of gunshot wounds.

Their son — who is 9 or 10 years old, according to police — discovered his parents' bodies around 6 p.m. in a bedroom of their home, which is in north Clarke County between Nowhere Road and Freeman Drive. The boy did not see his parents death, said Capt. Clarence Holeman, commanding officer of Centralized Criminal Investigations for the Athens-Clarke Police Department.

Police are certain that the deaths were a murder suicide, and an autopsy today turned up nothing unexpected, Holeman said.

Friday was a holiday for students in the Clarke County School District, so the child was home, but not in the room when his parents died.

“We know he was home, but he had gone out into the neighborhood,” Holeman said.

Police have responded to domestic calls involving the couple in the past, Holeman said. While he would not say whether the husband or wife was the shooter, the called the violence “definitely domestic.”

A spate of domestic violence murders in Athens-Clarke County this year have left at least 10 people dead, including two of the aggressors.

“Every homicide that we’ve had this year was domestic-violence related,” Holeman said.

On April 25, University of Georgia marketing professor George Zinkhan III shot and killed his wife, Marie Bruce, 47; Thomas Tanner, 40; and Ben Teague, 63, who tried to intervene, outside the Town and Gown Theatre on Grady Avenue.

Zinkhan, 57, committed suicide after digging a shallow grave for himself.

Four months earlier, on Jan. 28, police said John David Latimer shot and killed his two sisters and his brother in their trailer at Hallmark Mobile Home Park in Eastern Clarke County.

Latimer, 52, pleaded not guilty to 13 felonies in the deaths of Janice Carol Patterson, 57; Sara Kathleen Tatum, 61; and Thomas Garland Latimer, 50.

On Aug. 18, Lisa Davenport was set on fire by boyfriend Phillip Scruggs, according to police. She said Scruggs was the one who burned her, lost consciousness and died 11 days later at and Augusta hospital.

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