A man and a woman were found dead in an East Cobb home this Wednesday, and authorities released a statement the following day, describing the deaths as a murder-suicide, according to the Cobb County police.
Per Sgt. Dana Pierce with the Cobb police, 43-year-old Sherrie Newton and 26-year-old Bryan Bunch were both found dead inside the Marietta home, located off of Post Oak Tritt Road. Newton suffered several gunshot wounds while Bunch was found with only one. Police indicate that Bunch was more than likely the one that pulled the trigger on Newton, and then on himself.
Marty, Newton's husband, informed authorities that he returned home at around 5:30 p.m., where he saw the body of Bunch and his wife. He immediately dialed 911.
According to Sgt. Pierce, the initial investigation by medical examiners and authorities confirm that there was no forced entry into the home. However, there is no known relationship between Newton and Bunch. Investigators are still trying to piece together how the two are linked. Bunch doesn't appear to have a prior criminal record.
The Newtons' home sits in a quiet residential area surrounded by tall trees and deep woods. They were in the middle of a renovation when the murders occurred, and the house was empty, aside from exposed insulation and portable outdoor toilets. Witnesses in the neighborhood told police that several construction workers have been working on the home daily. Authorities haven't ruled out the possibility that Brunch may have been working on the home as a contractor.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with any information is urged to call 911 or the Cobb County Police Department at 770-499-3945.