POSTED: Saturday, October 27, 2012 - 2:51pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, October 30, 2012 - 10:28am
SMITH COUNTY — Two East Texans are dead this afternoon after an apparent murder/suicide in the Flint area on Friday night.
Smith County authorities tell KETK, 53-year-old James Milton Malone and his wife Karen Malone were planning on getting a divorce.
Karen called the Smith County Sheriff's department to tell them she was planning on going to her soon-to-be ex-husband's house on FM 2661 to get some paperwork.
Deputies advised her not to go if he was there.
She didn't think he would be, so she went.
When a Smith County deputy called Mrs. Malone and she didn't answer, the deputy went to check on her a little after 6 PM and found them both on the ground with gunshot wounds.
Her husband had apparently shot her..and then turned the gun on himself.
Mr. Malone was pronounced dead at the scene -- and Karen Malone died later Friday night at a Tyler hospital.