Friday, February 15, 2013

Randolph County, NC: UPDATED: Two dead in apparent murder-suicide

Authorities announced that the Thursday deaths of a Randolph County couple were the result of an apparent murder-suicide.

Deputies responded to 1267 Beverly Hills Drive about 6 p.m. after a 911 caller reported that two people had been shot inside the residence, according to the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office.

Clayton Woodrow Barricks, 29, and Jennifer Dawn Hill, 30, were both pronounced dead at the scene, deputies said.

It was unclear Friday which person investigators believe killed the other. Authorities have not released that information, and sheriff’s officials could not be reached for comment.

Investigators have said the victims “were involved in domestic relationship.” Both bodies were taken to the North Carolina Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for autopsies.

The scene is just south of High Point in the northwest corner of Randolph County.

The house is on a dirt road behind Flash Gordon Motors and Leasing automotive dealership. The neighborhood was quiet on Friday morning, with no signs apparent that it had been a crime scene the previous evening.

A man who answered the door at the couple’s home who said he was a family member declined to comment. Neighbors reached Friday either said they didn’t know the victims or declined to comment.
Thursday’s deaths involved the second homicide in this part of Randolph County in the past four months.

In an unrelated incident in October, Tina Mae Rook, 36, of High Point, was fatally stabbed in the Prospect Street/Thompson Road area, about a quarter-mile from the scene of Thursday’s deaths.

No arrests have been made in Rook’s death. Authorities said she was seen getting into a pickup truck in the area of Clinton Avenue and Lincoln Drive in High Point shortly before she died on the afternoon of Oct. 13.

According to a description released by the sheriff’s office, the white, full-size, single-cab truck was driven by an unknown white male of slim build with brown, shaggy hair.

Randolph County authorities have ruled the deaths of two people at a residence just south of High Point Thursday night a murder-suicide.

Sheriff's deputies have identified the deceased as Clayton Woodrow Barricks, 29,  and Jennifer Dawn Hill, 30. The couple was involved in a domestic relationship, authorities said. Deputies responded to 1267 Beverly Hills Drive about 6 p.m. after a 911 caller advised that two people had been shot inside the residence. Both victims were pronounced dead at the scene.

Further information about the deaths, such as who authorities believe killed whom, has not been yet been released.

RANDOLPH COUNTY — Two people were killed in a residence on Beverly Hills Drive just outside of High Point Thursday night.

Lt. Ed Blair of the Randolph County Sheriff’s Department said officers responded to a 911 call at 6:15 p.m. to the residence where they found two bodies.

Blair said the bodies will be taken to the State Medical Examiner’s office in Raleigh for an autopsy. More details will be released today by the sheriff’s department.

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