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Double shooting preliminary findings

July 8, 2005

Thomasville-- The bodies of 59-year-old Zena Martin and 39-year-old Connie Martin were found inside their home on Courtyard Drive around 4:30 Thursday afternoon.

Both women had been shot in the head. Friday morning, investigators said the older Martin shot her daughter as she slept, then killed herself. "It's just a real shock to everyone. I've lived here about two and a half years and nothing like this has every happened," says Tall Timbers resident Chasity Reese.

Frank Martin found the bodies of his wife, Zena and daughter Connie inside the family's two story townhouse at 122 Courtyard Drive. "They were both upstairs in their respective bedrooms. We believe from the evidence that's the way it went down, that she did shoot her daughter first and then took her own life," says Thomas County sheriff's investigator, Captain John Richards.

The .38 caliber Smith and Wesson revolver was found in the same room with the mother. Investigators don't know why Zena Martin killed her daughter and then committed suicide. And neighbors are clueless. "I don't think I can do much except just wonder what's going on," says Reese.

Neighbors will have to keep wondering until the case is closed after the autopsy results are in from Atlanta. Two sons in this family previously committed suicide.

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