Little River County couple found dead in apparent murder-suicide

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A Little River County couple was found dead Tuesday in their home in an apparent murder-suicide, according to Little River County Sheriff Gary Gregory.

At approximately 12:10 p.m. Tuesday the Little River County Sheriffs Office received a 911 call from a subject who informed the Dispatcher that if deputies responded to 1001 Highway 32 East, they would encounter two dead bodies.

According to Little River County Sheriffs Office, investigators Dave Hall, and Tyler Schlomer along with Sheriff Gary Gregory, and Chief Deputy Alex Mathis, alongside the Arkansas State Police, and the County Prosecutors responded to the location.

On arrival Deputies discovered two bodies, both having sustained gunshot wounds to the head.

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Mr. James & Mrs. Barbara Judd (Image provided by: Little River County Sheriffs Office)
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Taped to the front door was a note presumably written by the male inside which led the deputies to believe that this incident was a possible murder-suicide. The 911 call that was received is believed to have been made by Mr. Judd.

Mr. & Mrs. James and Barbara Judd were found deceased in their bedroom inside the mobile home, both from apparent gunshot wounds to the head.

The note stated that due to medical conditions of Mrs. Judd, and Mr. Judd not wanting to live without his wife, he took both their lives. Also specified in the note were Mr. and Mrs. Judd’s wishes to be cremated.

Mr. & Mrs. Judd had been married for approximately 53 years and were lifelong members of the community in Little River County.

According to Chief Deputy Alex Mathis this case was turned over to the Arkansas State Police for further investigation, and both bodies are being sent to the Arkansas State Crime lab for further investigation for precautionary reasons, to ensure no foul play was involved.

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