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Murder suspect in court for hearing

COVINGTON - A man who allegedly gunned down his girlfriend and then turned the gun on himself late last year is scheduled to appear at a bond hearing today in Newton County Superior Court.

The suspect, Rick Ray Breedlove, 54, has been charged with murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony in connection with the death of 49-year-old Pam Spencer.

Breedlove allegedly shot Spencer, his girlfriend of nearly two years, in the head with a .357 magnum handgun prior to turning the gun on himself at a home the couple shared at 25 Hickory Hill Drive in Oxford the evening of Nov. 6.

Breedlove spent more than a month in the hospital following the shooting incident before being brought to the Newton County Detention Center in late December.

Investigators believe Breedlove and Spencer were involved in an argument that began inside the house and then spilled outside onto the deck. A 911 call was made from the home and the line was left open.

"There was no voice contact from the 911 call, but we knew it had risen to the level of gunshots," Lt. Bill Watterson, spokesman for the Newton County Sheriff's Office, said in an interview at the time of the incident.

Upon arriving at the scene, sheriff's deputies found Spencer face down and Breedlove on his left side, lying on the back deck, according to a NCSO incident report. A silver revolver was on the floor "in the immediate area of the male," the incident report said.

Joel Griffin can be reached at joel.griffin@newtoncitizen.com.