Investigators say mother & son died of gunshot wounds

5:24 PM, Oct 15, 2012   |    comments
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It appears that a mother and son who were found dead in a Cocke County home earlier this month died of gunshot wounds.

Sheriff Armando Fontes said Monday that Nancy McGill, 55 and her son, Donald McGill, 38, were alone in the house when they died.  Each of them had a single gunshot wound to the chest.  One weapon was found in the home, along with two spent shells.

Fontes said the evidence shows that one of the wounds was self-inflicted, but will not elaborate further "out of respect for the family."

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Investigators in Cocke County have identified a mother and son who were found dead in their Cosby home last week.

The bodies of Nancy McGill, 55 and her son, Donald McGill, 38, were discovered by a family member on October 4.

The sheriff says he will release the cause of death on Monday, after a meeting with family members.  He did say it did not appear that a third party was involved in their deathes.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is working with the Cocke County Sherifff's Department on the investigation.

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A family member discovered the bodies of a middle-aged woman and a man in his 30s Thursday at a home in the 4300 block of Ball Hollow Road in Cosby, according to sheriff's officials.

In a release, Sheriff Armando Fontes said the bodies were found in the living room and and likely been decomposing there for weeks.

He said, right now, the case is being treated as a homicide.

The sheriff believes he knows the identities of the deceased man and woman but is waiting for official confirmation from dental records.

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