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Police investigating deaths inside Butler Twp. home


February 19. 2013 10:29PM
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BUTLER TWP. ‚?? A husband and wife were found dead inside a house on East Butler Drive early Monday morning in what the Luzerne County Coroner‚??s Office believes was a murder ‚?? suicide.

Acting Coroner William Lisman identified the couple as John J. Walton, 51, and Stacy A. Walton, 41.

Autopsies by forensic pathologist Dr. Mary Pascucci at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital revealed the couple died from gunshot wounds.

‚??We‚??re not ready to make a determination on who was the perpetrator,‚?Ě Lisman said.

Township police Chief Dave Pavelko said the bodies were found in the same room inside 470 E. Butler Drive. Lisman pronounced John and Stacy dead at 9:40 a.m.

Two family members discovered the bodies when they went looking for Stacy, Lisman said.

‚??Two people were found dead in the home and we‚??re conducting an investigation to find out what happened,‚?Ě Pavelko said.

Luzerne County court records indicate John filed for divorce from Stacy on Nov. 28, claiming the marriage was broken. They separated in late September and were married in Hazleton in September 1995.

Stacy never responded to the divorce petition she received on Dec. 4, according to court records.

John listed his residence in the divorce petition as Woodland Drive in Hazle Township, and Stacy residing in the East Butler Drive house located at the intersection of Hi Tor East on Freedom Mountain, about one mile from Freeland.

Property records say John and Stacy purchased the property, which includes a ranch style home with an attached two car garage, in August 2009.

Stacy was a teacher at Freeland Elementary/Middle School in Freeland for about 10 years.


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