ROWLETT, Texas -
A Rowlett woman murdered her ex-boyfriend and then turned the gun on herself over the weekend, police said.
Lt. David Nabors with the Rowlett Police Department said officers found their bodies at a home in the 5600 block of Luna Drive around 1:30 p.m. Sunday. A concerned relative had called 911.
“The gentleman that lives there was supposed to attend a ball game of his son yesterday. He didn’t show up for the ball game. His mother tried to get in contact with him and she wasn’t able to get him by the phone. She came over here to the house today to try to get a hold of him and he didn’t answer the door. She walked around the back of the house and saw the deceased female through the rear door," Lt. Nabors said.
The victim in the case was identified as 35-year-old Brandon McClain. A medical examiner determined 30-year-old Amanda Todhunter committed suicide.
Lt. Nabors said police are treating the case as a murder-suicide because the doors were locked on the inside and there were no signs of forced entry. They also found a weapon near the crime scene.
Over the past few months police have responded to two 911 called from the home. In February Todhunter reported a domestic incident, but declined to press charges. Then in May, McClain claimed his ex-girlfriend had a gun and was suicidal. She was not home when police arrived.
McClain had two children and Todhunter had two others. No children were home at the time of the deadly shootings.
Police will search through text messages looking for clues as to a motive in the case.
They say Todhunter and McClain broke up two weeks ago, and Todhunter’s friends said she was having a hard time coping. Todhunter had also recently started carrying a handgun, which police believe is the murder weapon.
“Brandon was a very loving father, a great son; served his country very well,” said McClain’s father, Russell.
When McClain’s family learned of the murder-suicide, his father immediately knew who pulled trigger.
“I knew it wasn't him,” said Russell. “It wasn't his character; he would walk away…that was the only thing I could think, was that she surprised him. She had to have surprised him.”
Neighbor Sheryl Karr said for almost 20 years her neighborhood has been calm and quiet.
“You come down the neighborhood and you see all the squad cars it just takes you back to when the whole Darlie Routier thing happened here,” she said.
Routier was convicted in the June 1996 for the stabbing deaths of two of her sons, ages 5 and 6. She lived in a home in the same neighborhood.
Routier is currently on death row in Gatesville, although she maintains her innocence. She is trying to get DNA tests done on a bloody sock, her nightgown and a bloody footprint to try and prove that a prowler broke into her home and committed the murders.
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