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911 call suggests husband might have planned shooting

Posted July 16, 2010 3:38 p.m. EDT
Updated July 16, 2010 7:45 p.m. EDT

— A Clayton man who authorities say killed his wife and stepson Tuesday before committing suicide told a neighbor a day earlier that he planned to shoot her and a man he believed to be her boyfriend.

The neighbor’s claim was in a 911 call that Johnston County authorities released Thursday about the shooting deaths of Devinee R. House, 41, and her 14-year-old son, Dakoda Johnson.

Authorities say her husband, William House, shot the two inside their home, at 640 Castleberry Road, in the early hours of Tuesday before turning the gun on himself.

Two other children in the house, ages 7 and 8, in the house apparently awoke several hours later and ran to the neighbor's house for help. A third child, 2, was asleep in the house while Lazlo Bogner talked to a 911 dispatcher.

"He was saying he was going to do it," says Bogner, who identifies himself in the call only as a tenant on the property.

"What he was saying yesterday, ma’am, he was going to shoot her and himself and the boyfriend," Bogner continues. "But the boyfriend – I don’t know if he’s dead or not – but he shot his stepson."

Bogner said Friday that he didn't do anything because he didn't think William House was serious.

Investigators haven't commented on a motive for the shootings but said the Houses were in the process of separating. Deputies had been called to the home four times since April, most recently on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Johnson was buried Friday morning in Benson.

Visitations for Devinee House are Sunday from 5-7 p.m. and Monday at 10-11 a.m. at McLaurin Funeral Home in Clayton. A funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. Monday.

Visitation for Billy House is Saturday at 10 a.m. at McLaurin Funeral Home in Clayton. A funeral service will follow at 11 a.m.