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Indiana Newlyweds: Murder-Suicide Suspected Hours After Wedding

By    |   Thursday, 09 October 2014 04:24 PM

Two Indiana newlyweds are a dead in an apparent murder-suicide hours after their wedding, authorities said Thursday.

About a dozen friends and relatives gathered for an after-party at the home of George Samson, 54, and Kelly Ecker Samson, 50, following a wedding reception Saturday night at a Terre Haute banquet center, the Vigo County Sheriff's Department said, according to The Associated Press.

Witnesses told detectives George Samson left without his wife after becoming irritated near the end of the reception, and some guests saw that the newlyweds weren't talking with each other during the after-party. Investigators haven't determined what led to the argument, Sheriff Greg Ewing told the Tribune-Star.

"We're talking to attendees at the wedding, but we will never know the reason why," Ewing said.

Only Kelly Samson's young son and George Samson's parents remained at the house when she made the first of four 911 calls within a few minutes starting about 1:20 a.m. Sunday, according to a sheriff's department report.

Kelly Samson told a dispatcher her husband had threatened to kill her, but gave an incorrect street address for the house a couple miles east of Terre Haute, Indiana. During the final call, a dispatcher heard screams and multiple possible gunshots.

Deputies arrived to find Kelly Samson dead in a bedroom from gunshot wounds to the head and chest. The others there were safely removed from the house, and a SWAT team later said George Samson was dead in the basement from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

Ninety to 100 guns — including rifles, handguns, silencers and fully automatic weapons — and a store of ammunition were found in the house by investigators, Ewing said. George Samson was registered with federal officials as a firearms dealer. Ewing said the guns have been seized for safekeeping for now.

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