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Carter deputies find 2 bodies in apparent murder suicide

Johnson City Press • Updated Dec 16, 2019 at 5:10 PM

Carter County Sheriff’s Office deputies found two people dead in a home on Taylortown Road late Sunday evening.

Officials said 82-year-old Barbara Lee Barnette and her son, 52-year-old Brian Scott Barnette, were found dead in their residence after a relative requested deputies perform a welfare check.

Upon entering the house, deputies discovered the bodies, both with wounds consistent with gunshots. Firearms were also found inside the home.

Initial evidence seems to indicate that Brian Barnette shot and killed his mother before taking his own life. Investigators did not suspect anyone else’s involvement, but planned to continue to pursue all leads and evidence.

Both bodies were sent to the ETSU Quillen College of Medicine for autopsies.

Taylortown Road is in the Central community between Johnson City and Elizabethton.

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