Police say they found the husband, 51, and wife, 41, shot to death in their Woodberry Court home Friday afternoon, following an apparent murder-suicide.
“Evidence at the crime scene indicates that Mr. Landers shot and killed Ms. Landers and then killed himself,” said Lt. Jay Baker, spokesman for the sheriff’s office, late Friday night. “Ms. Landers had a single gunshot wound to the face, and Mr. Landers had a gunshot wound in his mouth.”
Photos indicate Cary Michael Landers used a wheelchair. Baker said he had heard of an injury in the man’s past, but the spokesman couldn’t confirm if he was disabled.
A .380 caliber handgun, believed to be the weapon used, was found at the scene, but no note was discovered and there is not yet an obvious motive, Baker said, though he added the couple had some history of violence.
The lieutenant said the wife was charged with battery against her husband in March and was barred from having contact with him under the conditions of her bond.
The pictures posted on Facebook show the couple, who had been married since December 2005, in a different light.
Katherine Landers posted an apparently recent photo of the two of them on River Street on April 19.
The caption read, “Things are looking up.”
In the picture, the wife, an optician with deep-red, shoulder-length hair, wears a maroon-and-black dress and a beaming smile. She sits on her husband’s lap with her arm draped around his neck. The husband sits in a motorized wheelchair, embracing his wife and showing the camera a slight smile.
Another photo from the same trip to coastal Georgia shows them kissing as they sit on a stone bench on the edge of the Savannah River.
Investigators believe things were different Friday, when, according to Baker, a family member found the bodies and called 911.
The sheriff’s spokesman said investigators believe both deaths happened sometime Friday, though an autopsy being performed by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation may provide a better timeline.
The results are expected next week.
In the meantime, family members are preparing final arrangements and dealing with the losses.
Cary Michael Landers’ daughter posted Friday on Facebook she was distraught by the news and already missed her father and his wife. No matter what happened Friday, the daughter wrote, he would always be her father, and she would love him “always and forever.”