Husband, wife deaths result of murder-suicide

SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - Smith County Sheriff's Lt. Tony Dana has confirmed the identities of the husband and wife found dead in their home as Billy Hays, 68, and Bonnie Hays, 71.

Smith County investigators now believe the deaths to be the result of a murder-suicide.

Apparently, Mr. Hays shot his wife then turned the hand gun on himself. The motive is still unclear at this time. Officials say there had been some family problems lately that may have led to this tragic outcome.

Authorities remained at the Hays home, in the 5300 block of CR 334 in Pine Springs, late Monday night as they continued to gather evidence.

Smith County Sheriff's Department is still trying to link the earlier call on Monday about a burglary and assault that had happened on the same property a few weeks ago and this incident.

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