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Coroner rules deaths murder-suicide

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Authorities have ruled the deaths of a man and woman who were found inside a home in Saluda County over the weekend to be murder-suicide.

Saluda County Coroner Keith Turner said 65-year-old Jimmy Rhinehart shot and killed his girlfriend, 61-year-old Annie Ruth Rowe, early Sunday morning and then killed himself.  

Saluda County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Chris Cockrell said deputies responded to the home on Berry Drive Sunday afternoon after Rowe's brother found the bodies. 

Turner said the couple died from gunshot wounds sustained between 1:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m.

Berry Drive is located in the Hollywood community of Saluda County.

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