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Georgetown man kills his wife, then himself

The death of a Harrison County couple who were found dead Monday morning in their home has been ruled a murder-suicide.
Harrison County Coroner Steve Hamm said yesterday that Dual (Wayne) Hinton, 67, allegedly fired a .380 semi-automatic handgun at his wife, Shelby Hinton, 64. The single bullet to the head caused her death, Hamm said.
Dual Hinton then apparently turned the gun on himself and fired one more round. The coroner said Hinton also died of a single gunshot wound to the head.
The couple lived in the 3600 block of Gravel Creek Road south of Crandall.
Autopsies were performed yesterday morning at the Kentucky Medical Examiners Office in Louisville.
The gun was recovered at the scene, Hamm said, adding that no note was found. There were no other firearms in the house, he said.
‘The house was immaculate,’ he said. ‘There was nothing to indicate any problems of any kind.’
Hamm said there were no records of any police runs to the Hinton residence and no known problems at the drug store.
Police were asked to check on the Hintons when they failed to open their Louisville drug store Monday morning. The couple had owned Newkirk Drug Store, located in the Portland area, more than three decades, and the store opened at 9:30 a.m. on Mondays. Dual Hinton was also a pharmacist at the drug store.
Hamm said a daughter who lives in Sellersburg had talked with Shelby Hinton about 7 p.m. Sunday. The daughter did not notice anything unusual about her conversation, he said.
Shelby Hinton was a retired office manager for F. Wolkow and Sons in Louisville.
Both Hintons suffered from arthritis, Hamm said, and Dual Hinton took an over-the-counter medication for his. Shelby Hinton had some ‘physical problems,’ but no medical condition, Hamm said.
The coroner estimated the time of deaths between midnight and 7 a.m. Monday.
A joint funeral will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at Graceland Baptist Church in New Albany, where the Hintons were members, followed by burial in Abundant Life Cemetery.
Visitation is tomorrow (Thursday) from 5 to 8 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Kraft Funeral Service on Charlestown Road in New Albany.
Survivors include five children, Jami Snawder, Steve Holiday, Jeff Hinton, Brad Hinton and Shannon Hinton; Shelby’s father, Buford Stotts; Dual’s brother, John Hinton; Dual’s sisters, Patricia Stonecipher and Betty Sutley; 12 grandchildren, and a great-grandchild.

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