Wednesday, September 13, 2000

Chief: Deaths double suicide

The Associated Press

        GEORGETOWN, Ky. — Police think a 16-year-old girl and her 21-year-old boyfriend did not shoot each other, but committed a double suicide in the bedroom of an apartment last week.

        Niki Robertson and David Janson had been dating for about two months, authorities said.

        Their bodies were found at about 4 p.m. Friday in the apartment in Georgetown Terrace, a complex northeast of downtown. Both had single gunshot wounds to their heads.

        Georgetown Police Chief Bernard Palmer said no suicide note was discovered. He said the position of the bodies and the angle of the bullets show Ms. Robertson and Mr. Janson each shot themselves. Two guns were found in the room.

        Chief Palmer said tests are being conducted that will definitively determine whether each victim fired a gun. But he said he feels certain the preliminary findings will be upheld.

        Toxicology reports are being conducted for evidence of alcohol or other drug abuse. Chief Palmer said no drugs were found in the room.

        Ms. Robertson gave birth to a baby boy in February 1999, acquaintances said. Chief Palmer said Mr. Janson was not the baby's father and that the toddler was not in the apartment at the time of the shootings.


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