Couple killed in Morrisville home in apparent domestic dispute
Posted May 5, 2014
Morrisville, N.C. — Police said a husband and wife were found shot to death Monday morning at a Morrisville home.
The bodies of Melissa and Johnathan Preston were found at 2016 Weaver Forest Way when officers responded to a call at 8:51 a.m. of shots fired in the home, police said.
No other details about the shootings were released, but police said they weren't looking for any suspects and that Morrisville residents didn't need to fear for their safety.
The couple's three children were at school at the time and were put in the care of family members, police said.
"It's beyond imagination that those poor kids will live without parents. I pray to God that no one would go through this process," neighbor Sunil Nigam said.
The Prestons moved to the Triangle from Seattle last year and were renting the home in the Providence Place neighborhood where the shooting occurred, according to neighbors. The couple had house guests, and one of the guests reported the shooting, police said.
Nigam said he spoke after the shooting with the couple visiting the Prestons, and they told him the Prestons had been arguing earlier in the morning.
Police said the guests only heard the gunshots and didn't witness the shootings.
Investigators removed several firearms from the home, and neighbors said Johnathan Preston liked to take his children out to shooting ranges.
Johnathan Preston was an executive with Microsoft, and his wife designed and sold jewelry. The family planned to return to the Pacific Northwest in June.
Neighbors said they were unaware of any problems in the family.
"The kids play outside – soccer and all that. No problems at all, no issues," neighbor Ashish Tayal said.