Police label couple's deaths murder-suicide

January 26, 1994|By Glenn Small | Glenn Small,Staff Writer

A Woodlawn couple found shot to death in woods behind their home yesterday morning apparently made a suicide pact, leaving notes for their son and police describing what they planned to do, Baltimore County police said.

"It was clear from the notes -- and they were in his and her handwriting -- that they agreed to do it together," police spokesman Stephen R. Doarnberger said of the deaths of David C. Morgan, 52, and Allison J. Morgan, 41.

From what police could gather, Mr. Morgan and his wife went outside their home in the 1100 block of N. Rolling Road late Monday or early yesterday.

They walked about 200 yards into a wooded area behind their home, where Mr. Morgan shot his wife in the head with a shotgun, then put the gun to his head and pulled the trigger, Sergeant Doarnberger said.

"The bodies were lying next to each other, fully clothed," said Sergeant Doarnberger. The shotgun was lying across Mr. Morgan's chest.

The couple left a note for their 18-year-old son, instructing him to dial 911.

Despite that note and several others they discovered, police said yesterday that no one has an explanation for the suicide pact.

Without quoting from the notes directly, Sergeant Doarnberger said the husband "suffered from depression. We didn't get anything more specific than that."

The son, Christopher Carl Morgan, told police he knew of no reason for his parents to take their lives, and police said there was no history of domestic violence or disputes at the Morgan house.

Neither Mr. nor Mrs. Morgan, who ran a dog kennel business together from their home, suffered from any debilitating or fatal illness, Sergeant Doarnberger said.

Last night, police were labeling the double killing a murder-suicide, because they believe Mr. Morgan killed his wife and then himself.

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