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11:36 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Whitesboro Deaths Ruled Double Homicide-Suicide

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WHITESBORO, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say three people found dead after an eastern Oklahoma house fire died as a result of a double murder-suicide.

LeFlore County Sheriff Rob Seale says the March 3 fire in Whitesboro was intentionally set by 30-year-old Jacob Custard. The sheriff says Custard killed his mother and stepfather before setting the house on fire then shooting himself.

Seale says authorities may not be able to pinpoint a cause of death for 57-year-old Edith Custard and 80-year-old Lawrence Schlienz because their bodies were badly burned in the blaze.

The sheriff said Jacob Custard had a history of mental health problems and had stopped taking his medication.

Seale says the house was destroyed in the blaze and investigators were unable to determine an exact cause or origin of the blaze.