Sheriff: Father Killed Wife, Son

8 years 9 months 6 days ago Monday, September 20 2010 Sep 20, 2010 Monday, September 20, 2010 9:48:42 AM CDT September 20, 2010 in News
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LEBANON (AP) - Authorities who have spent months investigating a triple homicide have determined that a southern Missouri man killed his wife and son before shooting himself. Forty-year-old Sheila Johnson and 10-year-old Blake Johnson were found beaten and stabbed to death at their home in January. Later that day, Todd Johnson's body was found inside his car in a water-filled quarry. Sheriff Richard Wrinkle said Saturday that he did not believe Todd Johnson set out to kill Blake, but that the boy walked in when Johnson was assaulting his wife. Another son was found in the home unharmed. The Springfield News-Leader reported that Todd Johnson then shot himself before driving into the quarry. Wrinkle says the conclusions were made based on witness accounts, evidence at the scenes, an autopsy and the lab report.

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