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Deputies investigate 2 shooting deaths in E. Texas

From the Houston County Sheriff's Office

On April 16th, 2011 approximately 9:02 PM Deputies were dispatched to a residence in Latexo where Melba Stewart Beard and Vencie Lee Beard were found in their home with apparent gunshot wounds.  Melba Stewart Beard was deceased and Vencie Beard was transported to an area hospital where he later expired.  Sergeant Randy Hargrove with the Houston County Sheriff's Office is the lead investigator on this case and is being assisted by the Texas Rangers.  The scene was processed for evidence that night and well into the early hours of the next day.

It is too early to speculate as to how this shooting occurred, but one shotgun and spent rounds were located at the scene.  The bodies of Melba and Vencie Beard were sent to Dallas County Medical Examiner's Office for forensic examination.  The report of their findings will be shared with the Justice Of the Peace, Ronnie Jordan and Investigators handling this case.

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