Two Fort Hood soldiers killed in apparent murder-suicide

Saturday, July 24th 2004, 8:53 pm
By: News On 6

KILLEEN, Texas (AP) _ Two Fort Hood soldiers, husband and wife, were found dead in what appeared to be a murder-suicide, authorities said Saturday.

Authorities found Sgt. Erin E. Edwards' body on the front porch of her home early Thursday. She had been shot in the head, Capt. Jackie Dunn said.

The body of Edwards' estranged husband, Sgt. William M. Edwards, was discovered in a parking lot across the street. Police said he suffered what appeared to be a self-inflicted wound.

The soldiers, both 24, had served with the 4th Infantry Division in Iraq before returning to Fort Hood in recent months.

The couple's two young children were not home at the time of the shootings, and were believed to be with their mother's family in Pennsylvania, officials said.

In June, William Edwards was arraigned on an assault charge for allegedly hurting his wife. A protection order was issued against him in the past week.

Neighbors told the Killeen Daily Herald police were frequently at the couple's residence because of domestic problems.