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Deputies: Wife out on bond for battery killed by husband in murder-suicide

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A woman out on bond for allegedly assaulting her husband was killed Friday afternoon in Cherokee County – and officials said the husband is the one who shot her before killing himself.

The couple has been identified as Katherine Landers, 1, and Cary Landers, 51, the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office announced Saturday. And officials have ruled their death a murder-suicide.

It’s unclear who notified deputies of their deaths, but officials said someone called 911 in the afternoon regarding a person down. When deputies arrived at the home at 1870 Woodberry Court in Canton, they found two bodies, the sheriff’s spokesman Lt. Jay Baker said.

Evidence at the crime scene indicates that Mr. Landers shot and killed his wife and then killed himself, Baker said. He apparently shot his wife once in the face and then placed the gun in his mouth and fired, the spokesman said.

Investigators found a 380-caliber handgun believed to be the murder weapon at the scene, Baker said. He did not say where in the home the bodies were found as well as the weapon. He also did not comment on who found the bodies or whether they lived alone. Still, he did say there was a history of violence between the two.

They had been living at the home for less than one year when the wife was arrested, Baker said. Landers was charged in March with battery against her husband, Baker said. As part of her condition of bond for that offense she was not supposed to have contact with her husband, he said.

An autopsy is scheduled at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab Sunday morning for both bodies, Baker said.