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Covington victims ID'd in shooting

COVINGTON -- Newton County Coroner Tommy Davis has released the names of the couple found dead in their Fairview Chase home Thursday morning.

Davis said David Stomackin and his wife, Laura Stomackin, died from gunshot wounds.

"She died of a single gunshot wound and he died of an apparently self-inflicted wound," Davis said.

The couple was discovered following a call that came into Covington/Newton County 911 Center, which Newton County Sheriff's Office spokesman Lt. Keith Crum said revealed "there had been a domestic disturbance and the husband had threatened the wife." The Citizen earlier reported that the wife had made the call, which apparently was not the case.

Friday morning Crum declined to state who made the call, but did say, "The husband had threatened the wife with violence and that's what prompted us to go out there."

He said NCSO investigators are still going through evidence in the case and questioning neighbors and family members concerning background information.

"Both physical and testimonial evidence has not ruled out murder-suicide," he said, adding that a handgun was found at the scene.

NCSO deputies went to the home at 60 Fairview Chase Thursday morning and were unable to get a response from knocking on the door. The Covington/Newton County SWAT team was called out and also endeavored to contact the residents. Failing to get any response, they entered the house and found the couple dead.