Fredonia Deaths Ruled Murder-Suicide

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Investigators say the deaths of three people whose bodies were found this week in a southeast Kansas travel trailer were the result of a murder-suicide.

Fredonia police chief Doug McKenna says 35-year-old Chris Rutchman apparently shot and killed 29-year-old Rebecca Studebaker, then killed himself with the same gun.

McKenna says Studebaker's seven-month-old son died two to three days after the shooting, from dehydration.

Rutchman was a journeyman electrician who lived in the trailer in the small southeast Kansas town. McKenna says the man and woman had been seeing each other for a relatively short time.


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