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Autopsy: Fayetteville woman shot twice in head

Posted December 1, 2009 7:25 p.m. EST
Updated December 7, 2009 10:56 a.m. EST

— A Fayetteville woman killed last month in an apparent murder-suicide suffered from two fatal gunshot wounds to the head, according to an autopsy report released Tuesday.

Investigators say William "Billy" Maxwell Jr., 47, killed his wife, Kathryn, and two children, Connor and Cameron, at their 314 West Park Drive home before killing himself.

Family members found the bodies inside the residence on Nov. 2.

According to the autopsy report, Kathryn Maxwell suffered from a close-range gunshot wound to the back of the right side of her head, injuring her skull and brain. The bullet from the second shot passed through her right hand and entered her head through the area of her right ear.

Autopsy reports for the other family members were not released Tuesday.

Police have not said what a possible motive was for the shootings. Some who knew the family, however, have said that William Maxwell had recently admitted to thinking irrational thoughts. Others said nothing in his behavior would have suggested to them that he might become violent.