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Murder-suicide under investigation

August 11, 2012
Salem News

LISBON - An Egypt Road couple died Thursday night in what the sheriff's department is investigating as an apparent murder-suicide.

Sheriff Ray Stone said Friday Tracie Hensley, 49, had come home late from work, and her husband Greg W. Hensley, 47, began arguing with her. At some point, the wife may have told the husband to move out, and that is when he went to the bedroom to get a semi-automatic handgun.

When he came into the kitchen with it, Tracie Hensley may have been getting something from the refrigerator, which had the door open when the shots were fired. Her stepfather, who was among other family members home at the time, tried to disarm Greg Hensley, but could not.

Greg Hensley opened fire in the kitchen, reportedly first killing his wife and then put the gun to his own head, killing himself. Authorities were called to the house at about 10:16 p.m. Thursday.

County Coroner Dr. William Graham said each died at the home of a single gunshot wound to the head. Stone said he believes deputies found five spent shell casings, and more than one shot may have been fired at the wife before the husband took his own life.

According to Stone, the two had recently moved to the area with their 15-year-old daughter. The husband's vehicle had Ohio license plates.

They were staying in the Salem Township home of Tracey Hensley's mother and stepfather while they were both looking for work. The other family members were at home during the argument and shootings. Stone said deputies have spoken to each of them separately about what occurred.

Graham confirmed he also is considering homicide and suicide as the causes of death but is still awaiting the toxicology reports before a final ruling will be made.



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