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November 3, 2003

Berrien County - A man who shot his ex-wife over the weekend turned the gun on himself Monday morning.

It was a surprising start to Wayne and Carolyn Griffin's morning. "All we heard were a lot of sirens," said Wayne. Right in their backyard, deputies were in a high speed chase with a murderer.  "They told me that it was a man who shot his wife, and he had killed himself," said Carolyn.

It all started Sunday afternoon, when the body of 53-year-old Marsha Hughes Knight was found by two men hunting in a field off Highway 37. "She had been shot once in the side and once in the head," said Sheriff Jerry Brogdon.

Investigators believed her ex-husband, Edward Knight, murdered her and started tracking him by cell phone calls. Sheriff Jerry Brogdon talked to Knight on his cell phone, and says he warned him that he was armed and dangerous. "He said you will find me the same way you found Marsha," said Brogdon.

Around 9:00 Monday morning, a deputy spotted Knight in Alapaha and gave chase. They sped down the Gladys Highway and onto a dirt lane.  Knight drove about a mile to the edge of the cotton field, stepped out of the truck, and shot himself in the head. "We hated that it had to happen like this, but we knew he was armed and when we got out there, we were prepared to bring an end to this," said Brogdon.

As for a motive, investigators say Edward Knight had been in trouble with the I.R.S., and believed his ex-wife turned him in.

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