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Couple found dead in Killingworth home, deaths ruled murder- suicide

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Two people are dead following what sources called a domestic violence incident in Killingworth.

Troopers said they've been at a home on Chester Road, also known as Route 148, since before 8:30 a.m. following a violent disturbance.  

The deceased inside were identified as Billy Newman, 57, and Lauren Beebe, 48.

Police said it appears to be an isolated incident and there is no threat to the community.

Sources told Eyewitness News that it was a case of domestic violence. 

State police released on Friday that Billy and Lauren both died of gunshot wounds during a murder-suicide. According to police, Billy killed Lauren before turning the gun on himself. 

"There were children that were present at the time they were turned over to family members," State Police Trooper Kelly Grant said.

Police have not released any other details, but said the Office of the Chief State's Medical Examiner would determine the cause of deaths.

Beebe is veterinarian at Killingworth Animal Hospital, which was closed on Wednesday. 

Eyewitness News has learned that Beebe filed for divorce in Middletown just a month ago. Beebe told the court the marriage was broken down irretrievably. There are no prior arrests or restraining orders. 

Court records show the couple married in 2010 in Baton Rouge, LA. They were each seeking joint custody, according to their divorce papers.

Apparently the couple moved to Killingworth two years ago from Louisiana, so Beebe could be closer to her family.

Neighbors said the couple that lives in the home were very outgoing and friendly and have several young children who would have been boarding the school bus at that hour.

"They're from out-of-state, [lived here] maybe two years," Wayne Quattlebaum, a neighbor. "[They are] very nice people. [They have a] couple kids, small. No problems whatsoever, not that I know of." 

"When you live in a small town you really don't expect that," neighbor Sheryl Wescott said. 

Officials with the CT Coalition Against Domestic Violence said there have been eight domestic-violence related deaths his year in Connecticut. However, Wednesday's is the first where children were present in the home.   

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