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Sonora couple's deaths could be murder-suicide

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Coroner: Witness flees as shots claim grandmother

By Bob White

Landmark News Service

Kentucky State Police are investigating an apparent murder-suicide Friday night in Sonora.

Witness statements and preliminary evidence points to the shootings being the result of a murder-suicide, but KSP spokesman Steve Pavey said detectives continue investigating the deaths as a possible double homicide until definitive, clearer information becomes available.

Chief Deputy Hardin County Coroner Ken Spangenberger said Saturday morning that an autopsy is being conducted on the apparent homicide victim, 67-year-old Barbara J. Blair, at the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Louisville.

The death of 81-year-old Stanley J. Blair is being investigated as a suspected suicide. Spangenberger said the two were divorced but had reconciled.

“All of this was witnessed by a grandson in his 30s,” Spangenberger said. “They started arguing and it kept escalating. The man grabbed his gun and started shooting sporadically.”

Spangenberger said the grandson tried to pull his grandmother from the home, but had to flee himself to avoid getting caught in the gunfire.

“He was afraid he might get killed, too,” Spangenberger said. “The grandson said the couple argued a lot.”

Stanley Blair, the suspected shooter, fired the first shots at around 5:30 p.m. at the home on Eldorado Street, officials said.