Coroner says two dead in Laurens County fire were shot

(Laurens-AP) February 24, 2006 - Laurens County officials say a couple found dead in a mobile home fire each died from a gunshot wound to the head.

Coroner Nick Nichols said Friday that the bodies of 52-year-old Stan Kinards and 42-year-old Georgia Coker Hughes were found when the fire was put out.

Nichols and Sheriff Ricky Chastain say the early investigation indicates the case is a murder-suicide. The weapon thought to be used in the killings was found in the bedroom.

Nichols says investigators think Kinards shot Hughes and set the house on fire before shooting himself.

Posted 12:20pm by Bryce Mursch