POSTED: Friday, July 16, 2010 - 10:25am
UPDATED: Sunday, July 18, 2010 - 7:17pm
COPPELL, Texas - A suburban Dallas mayor who killed herself had been at risk of losing her home to foreclosure, and a city manager said he repeated a request for documents related to questionable charges on her city-issued credit card just hours before she fired the fatal shot.
Investigators believe Coppell Mayor Jayne Peters, 55, also shot dead her 19-year-old daughter, Corinne. Police found the bodies at their home Tuesday night.
City Manager Clay Phillips said he had been trying for months to get receipts from the mayor that would prove the legitimacy of several charges on her city-issued credit card, The Dallas Morning News reported Friday.
Phillips told the newspaper that he had asked Peters again on Tuesday to document the charges, and that he then asked the city attorney to investigate the mayor's credit card use.
He did not provide details of the charges going back to October. Phillips said city officials usually hand in their receipts every month.
"We had been seeking to reconcile it for some time," Phillips said.
The Peters home, appraised at nearly $423,000, had been posted for foreclosure last July but never made it to auction, according to the Foreclosure Listing Service.
Separately, Deputy Police Chief Steve Thomas told KTVT-TV that police were investigating the provenance of the gun used in the killings. He described the deaths as a homicide and a suicide.
Toxicology results are pending.
A memorial service for Peters and her daughter was scheduled for Friday afternoon.
Peters, a contract software developer, had served on the city council for a decade before being elected mayor in 2009.
Her husband, Donald Peters, died of cancer in 2008.
Coppell is a city of about 40,000, located 15 miles northwest of Dallas.