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Man accused of killing his girlfriend dies in apparent suicide

Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012 12:19 PM
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A man suspected of fatally shooting his girlfriend and then turning the gun on himself in Hephzibah Friday has died, authorities said.

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A woman was fatally shot at this home in the 3100 block of Bath Patterson Road in Hephzibah on Friday.   JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF
A woman was fatally shot at this home in the 3100 block of Bath Patterson Road in Hephzibah on Friday.

Daniel Robert Gray, 51, died at Medical College of Georgia Hospital Saturday afternoon, said Richmond County Deputy Coroner Johnny McDonald.

Gray, of the 3100 block of Bath Patterson Road, is suspected of shooting Sandra Mae Studer, 42, in the head at his home, Richmond County sheriff’s Sgt. Jason Vinson said.

Some of her family members arrived to check on her and found her dead on the floor. There was an altercation with another family member that is still being investigated.

When police arrived, they found Gray with a gunshot wound to the head that appeared to be self-inflicted, Vinson said.

Gray has a history of mental illness. In September, SWAT was called to his home, where he had barricaded himself inside with a gun. He was taken into custody and given a mental health evaluation. All of his guns were supposedly confiscated after the incident, Vinson said.

An autopsy performed at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab in Atlanta determined that Studer died from a gunshot wound to the head that was ruled a homicide, McDonald said.

Vinson said Gray and Studer had only been seeing each other for a few weeks.

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Fiat_Lux 11/10/12 - 01:54 pm
Case in point

About just how important it is to KNOW who your friends REALLY are, especially when there is romance involved--or what passes for romance for some people.

scoobynews 11/10/12 - 03:55 pm

A few weeks!!! This is why I will now stay single too many crazy folks out there! I hope this woman's family can find peace. Sad story!

OpenCurtain 11/10/12 - 03:55 pm
All of his guns were confiscated after the 1st incident.

Obviously not ALL of the guns.

My Deepest sympathy to both families.

beboisme 11/11/12 - 09:47 am
I am with you 100%

I am with you 100% Scoobynews! Snap,Crackle,Pop and that's how it goes. I almost died at the hands of someone who loved me, "madly." Only by the Grace of God did I survive, and it will be only by His Grace that I ever put myself out there again. Hard, cold, bitter and full of lessons learned.

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