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3 deaths in north Alabama ruled as double murder, suicide

Source: WAAY-TV

A sheriff's office in north Alabama says it appears the death of three people at a home is a double murder/suicide.

Posted: Oct 3, 2019 11:39 AM

ATHENS, Ala. (WTVA) - The death of three people at a north Alabama home appears to be the result of a domestic double murder/suicide, according to the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office

The three bodies were found Wednesday morning at a home in Athens.

The sheriff’s office released the identities of the three people on Thursday.

Stephen Young, a sheriff’s office spokesperson, said 31-year-old Robert Gilchrist killed Jerry Phillips, 48, and Jamie Phillips, 52, reports WAAY-TV in Huntsville.

Gilchrist was the son of Jamie Phillips and had recently been released from prison in Tennessee.

The TV station reports Gilchrist had been staying at the home with the Phillips.

The sheriff’s office spokesperson said Gilchrist shot himself inside the home after the first sheriff’s deputy arrived on the scene.

Deputies went to the home Wednesday morning after a family member called in a welfare check after not being able to reach the Phillips.

According to the family member, she spoke to Gilchrist who told her the Phillips did not want to speak to her.

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