The shooting deaths of Curtis Brandon Carter, 26, and Shelly Kay Garner, 31, whose bodies were found in a home on North Euclid in Monett, have been ruled a murder and suicide.
Monett Police Chief Tim Schweder announced yesterday afternoon that the investigation into the shooting incident, which occurred on Sunday night, had concluded.
"All the evidence at the scene indicated that Curtis Carter shot Shelly Garner while she was in the bedroom," said Chief Schweder.
Police determined that after shooting Garner, Carter waited several hours before shooting himself in the living room.
Autopsies of both bodies were conducted at Cox South Hospital in Springfield on Monday. The results revealed that the same weapon, a SKS high-powered rifle, was used in both shootings.
Monett police officers recovered two empty shell casings in the bedroom near Garner's body and one empty shell casing by Carter's body.
According to the autopsy report, Carter died from a gunshot wound to the head and Carter, who was shot twice, died from a gunshot wound to her body.
Carter and Garner were living in their Monett home with Garner's 6-year-old daughter who was not home at the time of the shooting. The daughter is now living with relatives.
Garner was a native of Monett. She was working as a waitress at Sunrise Restaurant at the time of her death. Graveside services for Garner will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at New Site Cemetery