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Autopsy: Harnett County woman shot twice in face

Posted August 10, 2010

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— A Harnett County woman killed by her son in May was shot four times, including twice in the face, according to an autopsy report released Tuesday.

Carolyn F. Thompson, 60, and her husband, James Howard Thompson, 67, were found dead in their home, at 12665 N.C. Highway 210 South, north of Spring Lake, on May 22, along with their son Richard William David Thompson, 22.

Richard and James Thompson were in a bedroom, and Carolyn Thompson was in the living room, according to a friend of the Thompson's other son, James.

A gun was in Richard Thompson's hand, the friend said.

Authorities ruled the incident a double murder-suicide.

In addition to being shot twice in the face, Carolyn Thompson was shot twice in the left shoulder, and an injury to her chest could have resulted from a fifth gunshot that didn't penetrate her body, according to the autopsy report.


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  • Fuquay Resident Aug 10, 2010

    rhowerton, this won't be another one pleading insane....the shooter is dead...that's the "suicide" part of the "double murder-suicide".

  • rhowerton Aug 10, 2010

    please don't let it be another one pleading insane

  • rescuefan Aug 10, 2010

    How sad. I just don't understand how someone can kill their family members. The ultimate selfish act is to kill them and then kill yourself.

  • Stonewall Brigade Aug 10, 2010

    I guess it took an autopsy to determine the cause of death came from two bullets to the head?