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Preliminary autopsy reports point to murder-suicide in the death of a couple who lived near West.

Preliminary autopsy results Friday shed more light on the death by gunshot wounds of a couple who was found Thursday morning, officials said.

Justice of the Peace David Pareya said the preliminary report shows Bonnie Lynn Green, 53, was shot to death in a homicide and that Billy L. Green, 70, died of a “possible self-inflicted” gunshot wound.

Pareya ordered the autopsy after pronouncing Bonnie and Billy Green dead after the two were found at about 8 a.m. Thursday in their home on the 20000 block of northbound Interstate 35.

Pareya said Bonnie Green had one gunshot wound to the chest and one to the right side of her head, and Billy Green had one gunshot wound to the head.

McLennan County Chief Sheriff’s Deputy Matt Cawthon said the autopsy results are in line with what deputies suspected after responding to the scene Thursday.

Cawthon said the incident is still being investigated as a murder-suicide. The .410 caliber shotgun was found at the scene.

‘Corroborate the findings’

“We were headed down that path anyway, so it doesn’t change anything,” Cawthon said. “All of the signs corroborate the findings of the medical examiner.”

Bonnie Green was a legal secretary at Pakis, Giotes, Page & Burleson in downtown Waco, where she worked for 30 years, local attorney David Deaconson said.

“I believe that there were indications of some marital discord,” Cawthon said Thursday, after preliminary interviews with family and acquaintances of the couple. “This is an unfortunate and tragic result of what happens sometimes when marriages dissolve.”

Cawthon said he did not know of any family violence complaints in the couple’s history.

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